Sometimes you have to give the devil his due. My friends who are Red Sox fans would say that the "Devil" tag belongs to the Yankees but hey, it's my blog and I'll say what I want to, LOL. Anyway, the Red Sox on Monday announced that they have extended Josh Beckett's contract by four-year $68 million dollars. Now that he's signed until the end of the 2014 season, this gives the Red Sox tremendous stability in their starting rotation. Both Jon Lester and Clay Buchholz are signed for another five seasons. John Lackey was this past off-season's big signing for Boston and has him side-by-side with Lackey until 2014. This is not even taking into account that Daisuke Matsuzaka is signed until 2012 and Tim Wakefield until 2011.
I know some of the Red Sox faithful have complained about Dice-K in the last two seasons but there is no denying that he paid dividends in his first two seasons when he went a combined 33-15 with a 3.72 ERA (18-3 with a 2.91 ERA in 2008). Sure that gives the Bosox a decided edge in pitching against the rest of the majors for years to come. Lets see if the bats can produce enough runs to outscore what the pitching gives up.
For Further Reading:
- Click Here for the New York Times article on the Beckett Signing