Jun 21, 2014; Oakland, CA, USA; Boston Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia (15) scores on a wild pitch to tie up the game with the Oakland Athletics 1-1 in the eighth inning at O.co Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Lance Iversen-USA TODAY Sports

Dustin Pedroia is a trade candidate in all formats

Sometimes waiting for a guy that you spent a high draft pick on to earn that value can be frustrating.

Knowing when to cut your losses with said player can often be the key to winning or losing your fantasy league.

One such player is Boston Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia.

Needless to say Pedroia has disappointed many fantasy owners and the only reason I can come up with is Pedroia can’t be healthy.

Whether that is the case or not, it doesn’t look like Pedroia is going to live up to his preseason projections and now may be a good time to look to move him in order to add production in other areas.

Pedroia has already received a cortisone shot in his left wrist in April and suffered a bruised right hand at the end of May.

Very few athletes in sports are as tough as Pedroia but eventually the nagging hand injuries are going to affect his production and that very well seems to be the case here.

Pedroia is scoring runs at his usual pace, but everything else on his stat line is suffering.

He has only four home runs, two stolen bases and 27 RBIs at the moment, which doesn’t exactly portray as a top tier fantasy second baseman.

Pedroia’s power started to slip last season but throw in the fact that the speed and RBI total have seen significant drops and he doesn’t do much to help your fantasy team at the moment.

His .269/.339/.384 slash line is well below his career norm as he has turned into a one-category contributor.

Pedroia is on pace to hit eight home runs, steal four bases and drive in 57 runs.

You can likely find that type of production at second base on the waiver wire.

The smart thing would be to try and find someone that may overpay for Pedroia based on his name.

Get what you can for him now and try and plug your hole at second base creatively.

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