Josh Beckett, Boston Red Sox Close to Extension

March 31, 2010   ·     ·   Jump to comments
Article Source: Bleacher Report - New York Yankees

Now the Yankees can’t force him to shave that ugly chin beard.

The Red Sox and Josh Beckett are close to an agreement on a contract extension worth $70 million over four years. It is expected to be announced next week, according to Jon Heyman of Sports Illustrated.

Combine this news with the fact that Arizona Diamondbacks pitcher Brandon Webb is further behind in rehabbing his right shoulder than anyone expected, and now the once stacked 2011 free agent class of talented pitchers whittles down to Cliff Lee.

With no other major options other than Lee on the market, the Yankees will probably have more competition than they expected for the services of the dominating lefty.

This could drive up his asking price as the supply is lowered. It also takes away a reasonable “Plan B” should the Yankees fail to sign Lee.

Although it is doubtful that they would have actually signed Beckett, the idea that he won’t be out there to distract other teams like the Mets this offseason is bad for the Yankees. Although maybe now the Red Sox won’t target Lee.

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