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Beckett contract might send message

Long-term status of Martinez, Matsuzaka could be affected by deal

Updated: April 6, 2010, 9:38 AM ET
By Gordon Edes | ESPNBoston.com

BOSTON -- There were messages galore one could read in the Boston Red Sox's coming to terms on a four-year, $68 million extension with pitcher Josh Beckett, which was officially announced Monday.

For Beckett, it was all good. He wanted to stay, the Sox wanted to keep him and if the length of the contract fell short by one year of the five-year deal signed by free agent John Lackey this past winter, a hometown discount was the price of having that peace of mind now.

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