No fifth year for Beckett?

If Red Sox ace Josh Beckett can avoid free agency and sign a new pact with the team he has pitched for since 2006, it apparently won’t be for the same length as the five-year deal John Lackey agreed upon back in December.

ESPNBoston.com’s Gordon Edes, citing a source with “knowledge of the negotiations”, reported Saturday night that the Red Sox won’t go past four years in their negotiations with Beckett.

However, the sides are still believed to be negotiating, as the Red Sox would like to keep Beckett and the right-hander has a desire to stay in Boston long-term.

Both Beckett and the club have stood by their vow to keep all negotiations private. There have been no public words from either side about the status of talks that could prevent Beckett from reaching free agency for the first time in his career following the 2010 season.

Beckett will start for the Red Sox in the first game of Major League Baseball’s 2010 season – on the night of April 4 at Fenway against the New York Yankees.

Though it has been Red Sox general manager Theo Epstein’s policy not to go five years for a free agent starter, he made an exception on Lackey, in large part because A.J. Burnett had set a bench-mark of sorts when he signed for that length with the Yankees in Dec., 2008.

According to the ESPN report, concerns about the long-term health of Beckett’s right shoulder is the main reason the Red Sox are hesitant to go five years.

Beckett, who turns 30 on May 15, is 65-34 with a 4.05 ERA in 122 starts for the Red Sox. In his career, he is 106-68 with a 3.79 ERA. The righty forever notched a place in Boston’s postseason lore by going 4-0 with a 1.20 ERA in October of 2007, lifting the Red Sox to a World Series championship. Beckett was equally heroic in leading the Marlins to a World Series title in 2003, firing a shutout against the Yankees on three days rest in clinching Game 6.

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trade dice k….sign josh….hes a horse…..lawdy 1 week to go…im jonesin…judge

How exactly is Beckett such a horse? He has only pitched 200 or more innings in a season thre times in his career. He has 9 complete games in his career, CC Sabathia has 10 in one season. I’m not saying he’s a terrible pitcher but he is overrated. Plus in his four seasons with the Red Sox he only has two really good seasons. Outside of that he’s pitched in the NL East not exactly a power division. I refuse to believe that Josh Beckett is more of a horse than CC Sabathia. Even Javier Vazquez has pitched 200 or more innings every year since 2000, except for one (2004) when he pitched in 198 innings. Vazquez is more of a horse than Beckett is too and all Vazquez is being asked to do is be the Yankees 4th starter, what’s that say about Beckett? Josh Beckett = vastly overrated.

Futhermore there isn’t any team in baseball that is going to take Matsuzaka.

When Josh is on his game he is a force, when he is not on his game he is above average. I say keep him.
65 -34 is a pretty darn good won/lost ratio.

I hope we do sign Beckett to that extension, and it would be OK with me if it were to include the 5th year. I hope they can resolve that “5th year” issue.
But hey, if it doesn’t happen, maybe Chicagowhitesoxfan91 can have him! ;)

By my lights, Beckett is pretty darn solid. I’ll take him over Vazquez any day.
GO SOX!

Those 200+ IP you do realize were with the Red Sox and include 3 of the last 4 years

I like Becketts stats but i would;nt sign him for five years.He did;nt impress me in the play offs and i also beleive that he is a bit over rated.And i am reluctant to start him against the yanks i would rather see Lester go against them first.

I like Becketts stats but i would;nt sign him for five years.He did;nt impress me in the play offs and i also beleive that he is a bit over rated.And i am reluctant to start him against the yanks i would rather see Lester go against them first.

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