|Beckett speaks about not speaking about his contract||02.21.10 at 1:40 am ET|
FORT MYERS, Fla. — Josh Beckett met with the media in Fort Myers. As he enters the option year of a three-year, $30 million deal (that included a $12 million option for the 2010 season), Beckett said that he’s preferred not to publicly discuss the status of contract talks with the Red Sox about staying in Boston beyond the coming season.
“We talked about talking. That stuff is going to work itself out. I’m really not too concerned with it,” said Beckett. “I don’t really have anything to say about spring training stuff today or probably any time during spring training. … I really don’t have anything to say right now, and I don’t think I’ll have anything to say at all during spring training or after that. I really don’t want to have that be the focus on what we’re trying to do.”
The only other time that Beckett came close to addressing his contract situation was in discussing that of teammate Mike Lowell, with whom Beckett has played for his entire professional career. Beckett said that he has been in touch with his teammate this offseason, and that he expects Lowell to be professional in a challenging situation, in which the 2007 World Series MVP is returning to the Sox with his everyday third base job now being entrusted to another player (Adrian Beltre).
[Click here to listen to Beckett answer questions about entering the final year of his current contract.]
“It’s a bad situation [for Lowell],” said Beckett. “You wouldn’t wish that on anybody. But at some point this becomes a business, and I think Mike understands that. He’s probably one of the most professional men I’ve ever met, not just in baseball. He’s a really smart guy and knows how to handle situations like this. I don’t think that he would come in and let that affect this team or anything like that. I think he’s going to be great.”
Beckett was asked if he hopes to emulate that approach given his own situation.
“Absolutely, yes,” Beckett said of his situation. “I’m not going to worry about it. Once it’s done, it’s done.”
For more on Beckett’s feeling about labels such as that of an “ace,” click here.
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