July 6, 2007

A KOSHER BARGAIN:

Beckett deal a winner: Early signing pays off (Rob Bradford, July 6, 2007, Boston Herald)

It was exactly one year ago Terry Francona and the Red Sox [team stats] saw what turned out to be a golden opportunity standing at Tropicana Field.

Red Sox pitcher Josh Beckett [stats] was wiling away the time during his team’s batting practice when the manager made his move.

“I said to (general manager) Theo (Epstein) when we were sitting in the dugout, ‘Do you want to sign this guy to a long-term contract?’ He said, ‘For the right number,’ ” Francona recalled last night. “I went out to shortstop, where Beckett was taking grounders, and said, ‘Do you want to stay here?’ He said, ‘Yeah.’

“I said, ‘Are you going to ask for crazy money?’ He said, ‘No.’ I said, ‘What are you worth?’ He said the number and I went back to Theo and said, ‘You better sign this guy.’

“I’m probably oversimplifying it, but basically that was my role. They obviously worked hard on getting it done. It was more that Beckett had a very mature way of going about it.”

The thing about the Sox staff isn't just its depth and dominance but its youth and affordability.

Posted by Orrin Judd at July 6, 2007 5:59 AM
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