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'Substantive' talks on Beckett deal

Updated: March 11, 2010, 7:39 AM ET
By Gordon Edes | ESPNBoston.com

FORT MYERS, Fla. -- There have been "substantive discussions" between the Red Sox and pitcher Josh Beckett regarding a contract extension, with both sides aiming toward completing a deal before the start of the regular season, according to a source with direct knowledge of the negotiations.

"There is time before the end of spring training to do a deal, and he's the kind of guy that doesn't let this get in the way of [his preparation for the season]," the source said.

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