Nice to hear from Beckett

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Nice to hear from Beckett

It was nice to hear Josh Beckett give his side of the story this morning.

Of course, he didn't say anything to make Boston feel better about what's happened these last two years, but I think that's the point: Beckett doesn't think he's done anything wrong.

He doesn't apologize because in his mind, there's nothing to apologize for.

And that is what it is. That's Josh Beckett. But even though he didn't win any fans with his appearance on the Hill-Man Morning Show, like I said, it was important to hear him speak provide some perspective and face a few important questions.

Personally, in a weird way, I just enjoyed hearing that he's still the same cocky jerk he's always been.

Even though there are rumors that his competitiveness has disappeared since getting married and having a kid (and there are hints of that sprinkled throughout the interview), I thought Beckett sounded as confident as ever.

"Oh yeah. I think I could have went today, " he said, "Jonny Lesters day. He pitched so well last time that it was kind of up to him when he wanted to pitch. He was going to go today on his normal day and Ill go tomorrow.

I don't know. Maybe it's not much. But there's something about the way he carried himself this morning that made me think that there's still a little edge and excitement left inside Josh Beckett, and that he just might be able to make something of these last six weeks.

We'll find out tomorrow.

Rich can be reached at rlevine@comcastsportsnet.com. Follow Rich on Twitter at http:twitter.comrich_levine

Report: Red Sox DH target Beltran agrees to 1-year deal with Astros

Report: Red Sox DH target Beltran agrees to 1-year deal with Astros

Carlos Beltran, the 39-year-old switch hitter who was a potential target of the Red Sox as a DH, agreed to a free-agent deal with the Houston Astros, ESPN's Buster Olney reported.

FOXSports.com's Ken Rosenthal reports that it's a one-year, $16 million deal. 

Beltran played for the Astros in 2004. He was dealt from the New York Yankees to the Texas Rangers at the July 31 trading deadline last season. He totaled 35 homers, 101 RBI and hit .295 in 2016. 

The Red Sox, looking to fill the void left by David Ortiz's retirement, will be looking for a DH at the Winter Meetings that begin next week. One possibility is the return of Mike Napoli, who played for the A.L. champion Cleveland Indians last season.

More on the Winter Meetings here from CSN Red Sox Insider Sean McAdam.