I saw this from Peter Abraham the other day -
ESPN/Boston is reporting tonight that the Red Sox will not offer Josh Beckett more than a four-year extension on his contract.
Considering that Beckett is already signed for 2010, that was likely the case all along. Signing him to a five-year deal would create a six-year commitment and that is a lot for any pitcher.
The five-year, $82.5 million deals given to A.J. Burnett and John Lackey came when they were free agents. Beckett is not yet a free agent, but he still could command the same average annual value of $16.5 million for an extension.
A four-year extension worth $66 million would put Beckett in the same neighborhood.
If the Red Sox let Beckett walk – and if Andy Pettitte retires and Phil Hughes flops as a starting pitcher this season – would the Yankees be interested in him as a free agent?
Javy Vazquez will be a free agent. If he leaves New York, and if Pettitte is gone and Hughes is a bust, that all could leave the Yankees with just CC Sabathia and A.J. Burnett as “brand names” in their rotation. This would mean New York would need another starting pitcher in 2011…no?
I realize that most Yankees fans probably expect the team to go after Cliff Lee – who will also be a free agent after this season. And, if I had my choice between the two, I would take Lee over Beckett. But, what if that choice is not there?
As a Yankees fan, how would you feel if New York signed Josh Beckett to a five-year, $82.5 million, deal at the end of 2010?