Red Sox, Beckett nearing contract extension

Contract negotiations between the Red Sox and ace Josh Beckett have progressed enough that a deal could be reached in the next week or two, according to ESPN.

According to the report, the Red Sox have offered the righthander a guaranteed four-year deal comparable to the contract they gave free agent righthander John Lackey this past offseason. However, ESPN reported the Red Sox won’t guarantee a fifth season in talks with Beckett.

Beckett, the team’s opening night starter Sunday against the Yankees, is in the final season of the contract he signed in 2007.

Beckett, 30, went 17-6 with a 3.86 ERA in 32 starts last season and is 65-34 with a 4.05 ERA in four seasons with Boston. In eight postseason starts with the Red Sox, Beckett is 5-1 with a 3.88 ERA.

Contract negotiations between the Red Sox and ace Josh Beckett have progressed enough that a deal could be reached in the next week or two, according to ESPN.

According to the report, the Red Sox have offered the righthander a guaranteed four-year deal comparable to the contract they gave free agent righthander John Lackey this past offseason. However, ESPN reported the Red Sox won’t guarantee a fifth season in talks with Beckett.

Beckett, the team’s opening night starter Sunday against the Yankees, is in the final season of the contract he signed in 2007.

Beckett, 30, went 17-6 with a 3.86 ERA in 32 starts last season and is 65-34 with a 4.05 ERA in four seasons with Boston. In eight postseason starts with the Red Sox, Beckett is 5-1 with a 3.88 ERA.

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