Josh Beckett keeping quiet about deal

Updated: February 22, 2010, 7:45 AM ET
ESPN.com news services

In a rotation that includes Jon Lester and John Lackey, Boston Red Sox manager Terry Francona said Sunday that Josh Beckett is "the leader" of the pitching staff.

How much longer Beckett will do that in Boston is uncertain.

He's in the final year of a contract that pays him $42 million over four years before performance bonuses are added. Lackey signed an $82.5 million, five-year deal in December as a free agent from the Los Angeles Angels. At the time of the signing, general ...

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