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Francona: We all want Beckett here

Lester's pitch for teammate seems to get manager's endorsement

Updated: February 20, 2010, 7:09 AM ET
By Gordon Edes | ESPNBoston.com

FORT MYERS, Fla. -- This is how Red Sox manager Terry Francona typically reacts when someone tries to pin him down about a contract situation involving one of his players, especially one who will either get a new deal from the club or become a free agent.

"If I'm out there politicking for a guy, that doesn't help Theo do his job."

Those were Francona's exact words to WEEI radio hosts Michael Holley and Dale Arnold in November when they asked him about Jason Bay, who already ...

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