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AP source: Red Sox ace Beckett signs through 2014

AP source: Red Sox ace Beckett signs through 2014

Pitcher Josh Beckett and the Boston Red Sox agreed to a $68 million, four-year contract extension through the 2014 season, a Major League Baseball official told The Associated Press on Monday.
The official spoke to the AP on the condition of anonymity because the deal had not yet been publicized. The Red Sox scheduled a news conference for late Monday for an announcement involving Beckett.
The MVP of the 2003 World Series for Florida and a key part of Boston's 2007 title, Beckett pitched the opener for the Red Sox on Sunday, allowing five runs on eight hits in 4 2-3 innings in a 9-7 victory over the New York Yankees.
By announcing the deal after the season started, Beckett's new salary isn't included in luxury tax calculations until next year. If the Red Sox announced it before the opener, it would have raised his average annual pay and been included in the calculations for this year, potentially increasing the team's luxury tax.
Beckett had sought a five-year deal comparable to John Lackey's, but the Red Sox were concerned about Beckett's right shoulder. Instead, he gets a modest bump over his teammate, and a big raise from the $12.1 million he is earning this season in the option year of his previous deal.
In the last five seasons, only CC Sabathia, with 82 wins, and Roy Halladay, with 81, have more than Beckett's 80. And only five pitchers have more than Beckett's 1,193 strikeouts over the last seven seasons.


Updated : 2020-12-04 23:19 GMT+08:00