There was a time, not too terribly long ago, that Josh Beckett was one of the best pitchers in baseball. Full stop. He was an incredibly sought-after high school pitcher in Texas, selected with the second overall pick of the 1999 amateur draft by the Florida Marlins.
Beckett raced to the big leagues, famously leading his Marlins to the 2003 World Series title with some unbelievable playoff performances. Traded to Boston after the 2005 season, Beckett performed nearly the same feat, leading the Red Sox to the 2007 World Series. He was named MVP of the 2003 World Series and of the 2007 ALCS, where Boston outlasted Cleveland in a seven game series, with Beckett turning in two dominant starts.
That Josh Becket, the one who sat at 95 mph with his fastball and used a devastating curveball and cutter to retire both righties and lefties, is gone. In his place is a question mark. The Josh Beckett ready to compete for the Dodgers fifth starter job before striking out in the free agent world is a far cry from the big game stud of a decade ago.
The Dodgers could certainly use tangible contributions from Josh Beckett in 2014. Is there a chance they the big righty produces for the Dodgers during the upcoming season?