With Josh Beckett, it may be more of an issue of being overpaid than being overrated. You would expect someone making $15.75 million a year to have a huge impact on their team, but Beckett has not been impressive since arriving on the scene with the Los Angeles Dodgers.
Beckett’s best years are way behind him. It’s been since 2009 that he logged over 200 innings and is unlikely to reach that plateau again in 2013.
Beckett’s current ERA sits at 5.19 and he has not been able to rack up the strikeouts like he used to. He’s being knocked around this season like never before. His WHIP sits at 1.50 which absolutely won’t cut it in MLB.
Part of the reason he is considered overrated is because it’s hard for people to forget what he was able to accomplish in the postseason with the Boston Red Sox and the Florida Marlins. Beckett earned the 2003 World Series MVP award by throwing two incredible games on just three days rest. He had another stellar performance in the 2007 playoffs for the Red Sox. He always seemed like a clutch player, but lately he seems to be the opposite.
Beckett’s fastball, which used to be consistently around 95 mph is now hovering just over 90 mph. His fastball used to be good enough to basically get the job done on it’s own, but without the zip it used to have, hitters have been able to tee off on him.
Unless he is able to figure out how to pitch effectively with less velocity, he may end up being a huge waste of money for the Dodgers, but that’s going to happen when you throw caution to the wind and go on a free agent signing spree without doing your homework.