He never has won a Cy Young award. He never has led the league in strikeouts or innings pitched or been in the top five in ERA. He has won 20 games just once in his nine-year big league career. He has been an All-Star a couple of times but never started the game.
Even the new contract doesn’t put Josh Beckett [stats] at the top of the list for Red Sox [team stats] pitchers. With his four-year, $68 million extension, Beckett will make an average of $17 million a year through the 2014 season. The deal puts him ahead of new teammate John Lackey, and everyone else on the current Red Sox roster, but it doesn’t quite knock Pedro Martinez off the mountain top.