Beckett gets new deal from Red Sox

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BOSTON -- The Boston Red Sox and ace Josh Beckett have agreed to a four-year contract extension through the 2014 season.

Financial terms weren't disclosed, but the Boston Globe reported it to be worth US$68 million.

Beckett is entering his fifth year with the Red Sox, who acquired him from Florida before the 2006 season. He signed an extension with Boston in the summer of 2006 with a club/vesting option for 2010.

"With this organization, I think we have a chance to win a ring every year," Beckett stated. "This is my fifth season now, and (every year) I had a strong feeling we could win the World Series."

The right-hander, who turns 30 on May 15, was 17-6 with a 3.86 earned run average in 32 starts last season. He is 65-34 with Boston and owns a career mark of 106-68 with a 3.81 ERA in 229 games, all but three of which have been starts.

Beckett opened the 2010 campaign for Boston on Sunday night against New York and threw 4 2/3 innings in a 9-7 Red Sox win. He was tagged for five runs on eight hits, including two homers, walked three and struck out one.

His best season was 2007, when he was 20-7 with a 3.27 ERA. He also led Boston to the World Series title that autumn with a 4-0 postseason mark, earning ALCS MVP honours in the triumph over Cleveland.

Before joining the Red Sox, Beckett also won a World Series championship with the Marlins in 2003, pitching a five-hit shutout at Yankee Stadium in the decisive Game 6 to earn MVP honours.

In 14 career postseason games, Beckett owns a record of 7-3 with a 3.07 ERA.

Beckett's deal gives the Red Sox four starters under contract through 2014, as the club signed John Lackey to a long-term deal in the offseason and both Jon Lester and Clay Buchholz aren't eligible for free agency until after 2014.


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