Josh Beckett, Red Sox talking contract

Updated: March 10, 2010, 7:28 AM ET
By Joe McDonald | ESPNBoston.com

JUPITER, Fla. -- The Boston Red Sox and pitcher Josh Beckett will spend the remainder of spring training trying to come to an agreement on a contract extension, according to a source close to the situation.

But Beckett's strong preference, according to the source, is to have talks finalized before Opening Day as he is reluctant to negotiate during the season for fear of the issue becoming a distraction in the clubhouse or on the field.

Dialogue between the sides has brought ...

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