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Source: Beckett talks in final stages

Updated: April 4, 2010, 8:36 PM ET
By Gordon Edes | ESPNBoston.com

The Josh Beckett contract negotiations are in the final stages, according to a source who insisted the deal is not yet completed.

Negotiations went smoothly, the source said, even though the Red Sox did not offer Beckett a fifth year like they gave John Lackey.

"Josh did not insist on the fifth year," said the source, indicating that Beckett's total package will be "Lackey money."

Beckett is due to be paid $12 million this season, so with a four-year deal worth ...

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