Wednesday, July 19, 2006

“This is Josh. He is going to be staying with us for a while.”

Apparently fans weren’t the only ones impressed with Beckett’s performance today. After the game, the front office (Theo, et al) announced that they had inked a deal that would keep JB in scarlet hosiery till at least 2009. The deal is as follows:

$2 million signing bonus - $6 million for 2007 - $9.5 million for 2008 - $10.5 million for 2009

Plus a $12 million club option for 2010 (it’s automatic if he makes 28 starts in 2009 or 56 in 2008+2009) that has a $2 million buyout.

Beckett is gonna get at least $30 million. $40 if they take the club option for the 4th year.

The way I see it we got a 25 year old ace pitcher for a song. Look at the Burnett ($55m/5y), Pedro ($53m/4y), Colon ($51m/4y), Millwood ($48m/4y), Pavano ($39m/4y) and… heh… Clement ($25m/3y) deals in comparison. This was a robbery compared to what he would have fetched on the open market. Nice move guys… now how about a 4th and 5th starter?