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Source: Team won't match Lackey deal

Updated: March 27, 2010, 10:41 PM ET
By Gordon Edes | ESPNBoston.com

FORT MYERS, Fla. -- Talks are ongoing for a contract extension for Red Sox pitcher Josh Beckett, who is scheduled to pitch the season opener next Sunday night at Fenway Park against the New York Yankees.

But it turns out the benchmark for a new deal will not be the five-year, $82.5 million contract the Sox gave free agent John Lackey this winter, according to a source with knowledge of the negotiations. The Red Sox will not go beyond four years in a deal for Beckett, the source said.

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