JOSH BECKETT, 32, starting pitcher
Final 2012 stats: 7-14, 4.65 ERA, 1.33 WHIP, 132 strikeouts and 52 walks in170 1/3 innings.
Contract status: Signed for the next two seasons at $17 million per year.
The good: He pitched a lot better as a Dodger (2-3, 2.95 ERA) than as a Red Sox (5-11, 5.23), though he had an identical WHIP (1.33). Once Chad Billingsley was lost to injury, he sort of assumed the mantle as the Dodgers’ No. 2 pitcher. Can be a sour personality but never seemed a clubhouse problem. Never truly had a terrible game as a Dodger.
The bad: Never truly had a great game as a Dodger, one that would hearken back to his 20-win form of 2007. Only the second time in his career his strikeouts per nine innings pitched (7.0) was below 8.2; also second-highest hits per nine innings (9.2). Turns 33 in May, so likely losing some power.
What’s next: Figures to be somewhere in the middle of the Dodgers’ rotation for the next two seasons. For whatever it means, probably lines up as No. 3 behind Clayton Kershaw and Billingsley.