Dustin Pedroia

Dustin Pedroia picked a notable time to put his $8.95M Mass. mansion on market

Dustin Pedroia picked a notable time to put his $8.95M Mass. mansion on market

We know where Dustin Pedroia isn't riding out the current coronavirus pandemic.

The Boston Red Sox second baseman has put his Chestnut Hill, Mass., mansion up for sale, according to Realtor.com.

The 8,500-square-foot compound -- located less than a mile from Tom Brady's former Brookline home -- has a listing price of $8.95 million.

The home itself is pretty spectacular: There are seven bedrooms, 6.5 bathrooms, an in-ground pool and a home gym, along with the usual perks you'd find in a professional athlete's pad. (You can check out more photos here.)

But what's notable is that Pedroia is trying sell a Boston-area home he's owned since 2013.

The 36-year-old has played in just nine games over the last two seasons and will begin the 2020 campaign (whenever that starts) on the 60-day injured list after suffering a "significant setback" in his rehab from offseason knee surgery.

Pedroia and the Red Sox have been adamant that he isn't retiring yet, and the veteran second baseman could just be looking to downsize from his sprawling mansion.

But it's also possible Pedroia has realized he won't be playing many (or any) games for the Red Sox going forward and no longer needs a permanent residence in the Boston area.

After all, Brady put his Brookline mansion on the market last August before the New England Patriots' 2019 season -- and look where he is now.

Latest injury update on Red Sox veteran Dustin Pedroia is unsurprising

Latest injury update on Red Sox veteran Dustin Pedroia is unsurprising

The latest injury update on Boston Red Sox veteran second baseman Dustin Pedroia is unsurprising.

Pedroia, who continues to deal with a nagging knee injury, will not report to Red Sox spring training on Monday when position players arrive, according to interim manager Ron Roenicke.

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"He's still sore," Roenicke said, according to ESPN's Joon Lee. "The [left] knee is still sore. The setback is still there. He won't be here Monday. He's going to try to evaluate what happens here. He's going to continue to talk to the people in Arizona and [head trainer] Brad [Pearson] to figure out what the next step is and where he goes from it."

Over the past two seasons, Pedroia has appeared in only nine games for Boston -- more specifically just 34 plate appearances -- and suffered what was called a "significant setback" in January.  At this point, he continues to mull over his options with his family and the Red Sox as he tries to determine whether or not to hang up the cleats for good.

The 36-year-old first suffered the knee injury in 2017 after colliding with then Baltimore Orioles star Manny Machado at second base. Since then, Pedroia has undergone multiple knee surgeries in an attempt to return to the baseball field -- cartilage restoration procedure (2017), scar tissue removal (2018) and more recently an alternative surgery to a total knee replacement -- and unfortunately, none of that has done him any good.

Through 14 seasons with the Red Sox, Pedroia averaged .299 at the plate with 725 RBIs, 140 home runs and a .805 OPS. He was voted the American League MVP in 2008, and also has won four Gold Glove awards. Unfortunately, Pedroia won't return to the player he once was if he does, in fact, take the field again. However, he can still be effective if given the opportunity to return.

David Wright empathizes with Dustin Pedroia: 'I'm rooting for him to come back'

David Wright empathizes with Dustin Pedroia: 'I'm rooting for him to come back'

If anyone can relate to what Dustin Pedroia is going through, it's David Wright.

The former New York Mets third baseman enjoyed a stellar 14-year career before it was derailed by chronic injuries, including one to his spine. Wright worked tirelessly to return to form, but his comeback attempt ended in 2018 with one final appearance to bid farewell to Mets fans.

Pedroia is heading down a similar path. On Tuesday, it was revealed the veteran Boston Red Sox second baseman suffered a significant setback with the same knee that has kept him out of commission for most of the last two-and-a-half seasons.

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Wright, knowing the kind of competitor Pedroia is, empathizes with the 2008 American League MVP.

“I completely understand what he’s going through," Wright told Tara Sullivan of The Boston Globe. "I think as a competitor — and I’ve talked to Dustin about this particular subject because ultimately it’s got to be his decision — but I think everyone that’s competed, especially for us at the highest level of the game, everyone’s endgame and everyone’s goal is to go out on our own terms. We want to go out when we want to go out, and for me at least, that was the difficult part, where it was my body telling me I can’t do it anymore."

Pedroia has shown he won't go down without a fight, and that likely won't change even after his latest setback.

But if he does indeed decide to finally call it a career, Wright hopes he'll at least hang 'em up knowing he did everything he could to return to the field.

“I’m rooting for him to come back, and certainly if it doesn’t happen, I’m hoping he has peace of mind," Wright told Sullivan.

“I can’t speak on Dustin’s behalf, but for me, what happened with the injuries allowed me to know 1,000 percent that I just physically couldn’t do it, because if I had given up earlier, if I hadn’t exhausted the possibilities and those avenues I went down, I would sit here today and say, ‘Oh man, what if.’ ”

Pedroia's setback means his status for spring training is in doubt. Although the 36-year-old stated in November he isn't contemplating retirement, he may have to begrudgingly re-evaluate his situation if his nagging injury forces him to miss the 2020 campaign.