Josh Beckett Silent on Contract Talks with Red Sox

Josh LevittSenior Analyst IFebruary 22, 2010

ANAHEIM, CA - OCTOBER 09:  Starting pitcher Josh Beckett #19 of the Boston Red Sox on the mound against the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim during Game Two of the ALDS during the 2009 MLB Playoffs at Angel Stadium on October 9, 2009 in Anaheim, California.  (Photo by Lisa Blumenfeld/Getty Images)
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In the words of the great LeRoy Brownlow, "There are times when silence has the loudest voice."

Josh Beckett met with the media in Fort Myers. As he enters the option year of a three-year, $30-million deal (that included a $12-million option for the 2010 season), Beckett said he’s preferred not to publicly discuss the status of contract talks with the Red Sox about staying in Boston beyond the coming season.

“We talked about talking. That stuff is going to work itself out. I’m really not too concerned with it,” said Beckett. “I don’t really have anything to say about spring training stuff today or probably any time during spring training. … I really don’t have anything to say right now, and I don’t think I’ll have anything to say at all during spring training or after that. I really don’t want to have that be the focus on what we’re trying to do.”

Yeah, sorry LeRoy, but I don't think this is one of those times.

As much as the Red Sox fans would love to have some sort of conclusion to the Beckett talks, there are simply too many unknowns on both sides for something to realistically get done this spring. Beckett's silence will surely be interpreted a billion different ways by fans and media alike, but in the end, it's really much ado about nothing.