Curt Schilling fired up his blog again and writes today that the Red Sox should sign Josh Beckett to a contract extension.
His reasoning is that Beckett tries really hard. Just a guess, but the Red Sox might work in a few more factors before they make a decision.
In case you missed it, Nick Cafardo wrote about Beckett on Sunday and the possible need for the Red Sox to protect themselves in case of injury.
Beckett's contract status will certainly be a hot-button topic in spring training. With every spot in the lineup and rotation set, off-field matters will take center stage in Fort Myers.
Will Beckett be signed? Will Victor Martinez be signed? When will Mike Lowell be traded? Do the Sox need to trade for Adrian Gonzalez? Those will be the big issues.
UPDATE, 6:30 p.m.: Wow, I'm honored. Curt took a shot at me on his blog. Here is what he said:
Oh and for what it's worth noted baseball expert Peter Abraham said that I think the Sox should sign Josh because he 'tries really hard'. Apologies on my part since I obviously thought that teams only consider a player 'trying really hard' when committing 75 or so million, not withstanding his 65-34 regular season record, him basically carrying the team to the 2007 WS title, the fact that he's only going to be 31, ya Peter my apologies for not having the insight into a players makeup or the teams process like the 'experts' over at the Globe.
I guess he was trying to insult me. My point was that in Curt's original nine-paragraph post, he devoted seven graphs to the idea that Beckett should be re-signed because he tries really hard and really wants to win.
Beckett's makeup is a factor. But his health, performance, salary demands and the readiness of other starters in the organization will probably be far bigger factors. Given what we know about Theo Epstein and Co., that seems fairly evident. It's not what Beckett did in the past that matters, it's what he can do in the future.
The very reason the Red Sox have to be so diligent about health matters is that they don't want to spend money on an injured player, such as what happened with Schilling at the end of his career.
Sorry to get you upset, Curt. Keep on blogging. Next time, give us a link.
UPDATE, 7:42 p.m.: Craig Calcaterra gets it right here.
OK, back to Villanova-West Virginia. Back in another life when I covered UConn basketball, Morgantown was the scariest place to go on the Big East beat. The throw everything they can get their hands on at opposing players there.