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UPDATE: Beckett, Sox close to $68M extension

Mar 31, 2010, 10:05 PM EDT

beckett headshot.JPGUPDATE: The Boston Herald’s Scott Lauber hears from colleague Michael Silverman that Beckett’s deal will be worth $68 million over four years.

6:11pm: Jon Heyman of reports that the Red Sox and right-hander Josh Beckett are close to agreement on a four-year contract extension worth around $70 million.

The Red Sox set out to keep the length of the 29-year-old’s new contract under five years.  It appears they have accomplished that goal, all the while agreeing to pay Beckett a handsome (and well-deserved) $17.5 million annual salary.  For reference, the Red Sox handed a five-year, $82.5 million ($16.5M per season) free agent contract to John Lackey this
offseason and a six-year, $52 million ($8.7M per season) deal to Daisuke Matsuzaka back in 2006.

Beckett, who turns 30 in May, went 17-6 with a 3.86 ERA, 1.19 WHIP and 199 strikeouts in 2009 and is
entering the final season of a three-year, $30 million extension.

  1. ThinMan - Apr 1, 2010 at 9:49 AM

    In his mother’s basement.

  2. dp - Apr 1, 2010 at 9:51 AM

    Actually I’m an Angel fan, and your correct on the racial thing. The problem with Boston, and their fans is it’s still goes on. I don’t think he’ll be around in four more years, and he’ll be thirty four, not thirty three, his birthday is next month.

  3. dp - Apr 1, 2010 at 10:46 AM

    Actually, your wife pays for an apartment for me, she says your not man enough to take care of her. You need to get a second job , as I’m going to tell her I not only want her to pay my rent, but I want a salary too.

  4. ThinMan - Apr 1, 2010 at 10:51 AM

    You have absolutely no idea what you’re talking about. When was the last time you were in Boston — 1975?

  5. Nasty Boy - Apr 1, 2010 at 10:53 AM

    They can’t hit their ass with both hands, Take a look at where they’re picked to finish, it’s third. Have a nice season looking up at NY, TB, and hopefully the O’s.

  6. CTS - Apr 1, 2010 at 11:34 AM

    This guy is from LA, when was the last time anyone from LA had anything of relevance to say. I don’t even live in Boston, but I know that his statements completely reflect ignorance. Racism is in all parts of the country, including you guessed it, LA. I do recall a certain police department being full of them and oh wait, didn’t your justice system let a double murderer walk. Clean your own closet before you tell someone else to do theirs.

  7. Church of the Perpetually Outraged - Apr 1, 2010 at 11:44 AM

    And PECOTA projects the Yanks to finish 3rd, behind the Sox and the Rays. So what point were you making again?

  8. Fecteau - Apr 1, 2010 at 11:47 AM

    First off, not all Red Sox fans live directly in Boston. What about Mainers? They’re ALL rabid BoSox fans, they’re not pricks. I grew up in central CT where its pretty much split up the middle. I’m not a douche about my BoSox… By the way, New York fans aren’t any better.
    27 championships? What, you want a cookie or a medallion? Like you actually were out there for all championships, and brought them home to NYC (let along ALIVE during all 27) – its like the Montreal Canadians for hockey.(Aside from 86 and 93, where Patrick Roy pretty much willed a lower seeded team to the Cup, they haven’t done anything!) Sure they have a bunch of championships, but what have they done lately?
    It isn’t difficult to win a bunch of championships if there aren’t that many teams and the talent pool is skewed… My question to you is, what has the Yankees done lately, other than buy the 2009 championship with the 3 best free agents in the market? I’d like to see the Yankees win with home grown talent, but I guess since Jeter they can’t have a farm system worth talking about. The Yanks got rid of most of the young talent that was home grown (Wang, Cano, etc) At least the Sox develop talent (Ellsbury, Pedroia, Youk, Lester, Buccholz, and Paps) and found diamonds in the rough (Big Papi, Mike Lowell, etc)
    At the end of the day, both New York and Red Sox fans should all shut up and just watch the season. Everyone talks all this trash like they’re someone special when in all reality all I’m reading is bragging (which people shouldn’t do unless THEY actually accomplished something). Let’s just appreciate and respect the rivalry and have a good season!
    Go Sox! (and they will NOT be 3rd in the division. There’s no way the Blue Jays keep up, the Orioles still have too much raw young talent, and the Rays don’t have the consistency either. 2008 was a fluke. Its either the Sox or the Caulks… (you know what I mean!)
    They will finish in first or second. Mark Fecteau’s words, they’re VERY rarely wrong.

  9. STXDRAINO - Apr 1, 2010 at 12:11 PM

    I am from New England but now live in the US Virgin Islands. When I read news updates regarding the Red Sox or the Yankees, I am genuinely interested in the story. Then I scan down to find some fan from one area has written something demeaning to a fan from the other (both sides equally guilty). And I am angered. I am as passionate in following my Red Sox as any fan, but it doesn’t make me stupid. I know plenty of Yankee fans who are passonate about their team, but they are not studpid. Can’t we just recognize baseball talent where ever it exists, cheer for our favorite teams, and eliminate the personal insults from the conversation?

  10. Nasty Boy - Apr 1, 2010 at 12:14 PM

    The problem with Bosux fans is they think if they wish it long and hard enough it will be come true. NY ,and TB are better teams, and your going to find that out during the season. They both improved in the winter, and your team took a step back. you have no power, the pitching is suspect, that’s why their picked third. You people have a hard time facing reality. Because your team isn’t as good as NY , TB and possibly the O’s you shouldn’t hate so much. as the Eagles say , “GET OVER IT “

  11. Jomarie - Apr 1, 2010 at 12:17 PM

    It is really scary to see all of the hatred being spewed here. Baseball should be fun to watch. Lighten up people. This is really messed up.

  12. Nasty Boy - Apr 1, 2010 at 12:39 PM

    So what in hell does Pecota know ?

  13. Fecteau - Apr 1, 2010 at 12:39 PM

    ” You people have a hard time facing reality. Because your team isn’t as good as NY , TB and possibly the O’s you shouldn’t hate so much. as the Eagles say , “GET OVER IT “”

  14. Nasty Boy - Apr 1, 2010 at 12:46 PM

    The so-called nation, I guess you call yourselves fans. I’m not a racist , like you are trying to imply. I called your bluff.

  15. Bridget - Apr 1, 2010 at 12:58 PM

    Can’t anyone block these comments from being shown? It’s ridiculous to think someone who hates us so much would be in reading anything…hhmmm
    Anywho, I’m ready for opening day: Show ’em what you got Beckett!

  16. dp - Apr 1, 2010 at 12:59 PM

    First of all , get your facts straight, Cano hasn’t gone anywhere, and no one said anything about the Blue Jays, although I can always hope they also pass the sux. Wang wasn’t resigned because the Yankees don’t think he will be what he was. They try not to make stupid moves like Epstein did with the Pillsbury Doughboy (dice-k )I’m tired of giving the sux so much time and print, they don’t deserve it. Keep third place in mind, and remember where you heard it.

  17. Church of the Perpetually Outraged - Apr 1, 2010 at 1:01 PM

    You are quoting standings based of SI [iirc], and Baseball Prospectus knows far more about baseball than Sports Illustrated

    I grew up in central CT

    Hmm, anti-Sox and Yanks comments, so I think that removes Glastonbury/W Hartford. I’m guessing Wethersfield or maybe Rocky Hill?

  18. SGM - Apr 1, 2010 at 1:18 PM

    100% agree with you. Some of my best friends are Sox fans, and I am a Yankees fan raised in NY but live in CT now.
    There will always be a$$hole fans that enjoy bickering with eachother more than the game itself. It will never change – I just read these message boards to get a laugh at how insane some people are. Today I had a lot of laughs.
    Regarding Beckett – Sox did a nice job leveraging his desire to play on a team that can catch fire and win. He may have gotten more $ elsewhere but Beckett wants to win first. Gotta admire him for that. 4 years is a good length; I think they made a mistake with the 5th year of the Lackey contract. I see the Beckett signing as a win-win for both sides. As a Yankees fan I am happy with the signing, as I think he won’t be as effective by years 3-4 and that will benefit NY.

  19. I LOVE BASEBALL - Apr 1, 2010 at 1:20 PM


  20. Robb Lee - Apr 1, 2010 at 2:02 PM

    First of all, the combined salaries of Lackey and Beckett will still be less than the contents of the Brink’s truck dumped at the feet of C.C. Sabathia. These deals will still return plenty of bang for the bucks.
    Secondly, I don’t believe RCS could fit all 27 championship trophies in his mother’s basement, where he obviously spends entirely too much time surfing the net for free porn when he is not behaving like a complete idiot on the message boards.

  21. Fecteau - Apr 1, 2010 at 2:48 PM

    Weren’t you replying to Nasty Boy? If you were asking where I was from, (I’m a Red Sox fan, no where did I bash or act ‘Anti’ whatever towards the Red Sox OR the Yankees. But I’m a BoSox fan, originally from East Hartford. You were close!

  22. Fecteau - Apr 1, 2010 at 2:51 PM

    I wasn’t bluffing. All these gomer pyles, I don’t care who you are or who you’re rooting for; we don’t need to insult people we don’t know. And I hate when anyone says, what do you mean, YOU People, but I use it all the time to get under people’s skin. It had nothing to do with race; for the record, you are the one who brought up race

  23. Fecteau - Apr 1, 2010 at 2:56 PM

    Thank you , STXDRAINO. This is what I’ve been talking about all along. All this BS about Red Sux, and Spankees… Its not necessary. I guess there are people that have nothing better to do on a Thursday afternoon than to try to justify their bland existance on this planet by talking trash to people they don’t even know. I just hate when it gets started because I feel obligated to defend my team (and a good number of the other fans, not all of them, though) Let’s just enjoy yet another thrilling season of the greatest sports rivalry ever

  24. Fecteau - Apr 1, 2010 at 3:21 PM

    Sorry, I get Cano and Cabrera confused. Either or, both guys are talented and were home grown.
    And they never gave Wang a chance to recover…Wang 19 wins for two straight seasons? Even with his bad 09 season and his rookie season, he still has 67.9% winning percentage.. For the record, I looked at these starting pitchers, this staff that Yankee fans seem to think is better than the Sox’s rotation, and isn’t this interesting???…
    I checked and of the Yankees pitching staff, not one of the starting pitchers can say that they got 19 wins in consecutive years… Not CC Sabathia, Andy Pettitte, AJ Burnett, and Joba Chamberlain ( I didn’t even bother to look up Hughes’s record as he probably doesn’t even have 19 wins yet) True, Sabathia, Pettitte, and Burnett have been relatively close, all have been pitching for as long or longer but can’t compare the win % or the consistency. I know Wang’s been hurt, OK, but give him a chance to heal. Trust me, we’ll be seeing Daisuke Matsuzaka (someone per Yankee fans that we should have gotten rid of long ago, in other words our own little Hideki Irabu) out-performing half of the Yankees pitching staff as far as #’s go by the end of the year,
    Oh, and they also got rid of the WS MVP! Yeah, get rid of the guy who if he wasn’t there and a replace ment (say, Randy Winn) was batting .143, could be the difference between Championship # 26 and 27…But lets get rid of him… At least we tried to get rid of Lowell AFTER a few years and injuries later… Makes no sense!

  25. Rays fan - Apr 1, 2010 at 6:39 PM

    Don’t know about you, but I’ve visited Boston many times and always had a great time. Regardless, you should be aware that the single largest landholder in Boston is Harvard University & there could hardly be a greater bastion of liberality than them. That is to say your generalization, like almost all generalizations is patently false. Boston has no more (or fewer) bigots than any other US metro area. Do I really need to remind you, a resident of the LA area, of where some of the worst race riots of the 20th century happened? The ironic thing is that you call Boston as a whole bigotted, which is itself a prejudicial statement on your part. Pretty funny really.

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