GLENDALE, Ariz. -- It seems almost like yesterday Josh Beckett was overpowering hitters with a high-90s fastball and wickedly effective sinker, helping the Boston Red Sox win a World Series. In 2007, he was an All-Star who won 20 games and finished second in Cy Young voting. He was one of the league's elite pitchers.
"Josh basically was Clayton Kershaw and Zack Greinke and Matt Cain five or six years ago," Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said.
Now with the Los Angeles Dodgers, Beckett is transforming his game to face the realities that come with being a big league pitcher at 32 years old.
"For me, it's just learning to pitch with what I've got," Beckett said. "Its not going to be like when I was 23. When you're 23, you don't realize you're going to have to go through that change, but pretty much everybody has to if you want to stick around."
A three-time All-Star, Beckett seems to realize he's not likely to compete for a Cy Young again. That doesnt mean he can't help the Dodgers w...