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Josh Beckett on his new ’10-5′ rights: ‘It’s a pretty cool thing to have’

08.21.11 at 3:07 pm ET
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KANSAS CITY — Josh Beckett reached the coveted “10-5″ status Thursday (10 years in the major leagues, five seasons with the same team), thereby allowing him right of first refusal when it came to any trade he may be involved in.

His thoughts?

“It means I’ve stuck around for a while,” the Red Sox starter said. “Obviously it has some meaning, between the contract stuff and everything. It’s not a lot of guys get to. Even five years with a team is quite a bit, and I think it’s my second time being five years with a team (having pitched five seasons with the Marlins). More than anything it’s a status thing. It’s pretty cool to have.”

Beckett had already earned the service time with the same team, having already pitched five full seasons with the Red Sox. He just had to wait until his major league service time reached 10 years, which was based on a clock that began upon his call-up with Florida in 2001.

As for the actual use of his new rights, Beckett doesn’t foresee that being an issue any time soon.

“Obviously I’m not going to use it this year,” quipped the 31-year-old. “I don’t think any of that stuff comes into play right now, and it might be in a few years. More than anything right now what it means is that it’s a pride, or status, thing. It shows that I’ve stuck it out. It’s tough to do.”

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