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Report: Red Sox, Beckett progressing in talks

Mar 10, 2010, 6:25 PM EDT

SI.com’s Jon Heyman reports that the Red Sox and Josh Beckett are making progress on a new deal that would keep the free-agent-to-be in Boston beyond 2010.
The two sides have been working with an unofficial Opening Day deadline as they attempt to reach a compromise. Beckett, who is entering the option year of a contract that’s paid him $40 million over four years, would surely prefer to top the five-year, $82.5 million contract that John Lackey signed with the Red Sox over the winter.
The Red Sox, on the other hand, may prove unwilling to give Beckett a true five-year deal. Heyman suggests that a four-year extension worth about $70 million would be a fair compromise. It seems reasonable. Beckett would get a higher average annual salary than Lackey after his new contract begins, and the Red Sox wouldn’t have to commit beyond 2015. While it’s a steep figure, Beckett would almost surely command a true five- or six-year deal as a free agent next winter if he if he stays healthy and tops 200 innings for the fourth time in five years.

  1. dp - Mar 17, 2010 at 8:59 AM

    Who cares , he’s far from what he was . I hope he sticks them good, they deserve each other.

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