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Josh Beckett now able to block trades with 10-and-5 rights

Aug 22, 2011, 3:15 PM EDT

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Josh Beckett wasn’t going anywhere anyway, but now he’s officially able to block any future attempts the Red Sox might make to trade him.

Rob Bradford of WEEI.com notes that Beckett recently gained his 10-and-5 rights, which means he’s accumulated 10 total seasons of service time in the majors, including five consecutive seasons with the same team.

That comes with trade veto rights, although Beckett doesn’t seem particularly worried about ever having to use them:

Obviously I’m not going to use it this year. I don’t think any of that stuff comes into play right now, and it might be in a few years. More than anything right now what it means is that it’s a pride, or status, thing. It shows that I’ve stuck it out. It’s tough to do. It’s pretty cool to have.

Beckett has been traded once, going from the Marlins to the Red Sox in November of 2005 along with Mike Lowell for a package that included Hanley Ramirez and Anibal Sanchez. He’s signed through 2014 as part of a four-year, $68 million extension and Beckett has bounced back from a career-worst 2010 season to throw 157 innings with a career-best 2.57 ERA.

  1. Chris Fiorentino - Aug 22, 2011 at 3:17 PM

    A trade that never would have happened had Theo not been away from the team for a few months. The precursor to the 2007 World Championship.

  2. bigharold - Aug 22, 2011 at 4:01 PM

    “…had Theo not been away from the team for a few months.”

    You mean took it on the lamb in a Gorrilla suit. Priceless!

    • Chris Fiorentino - Aug 22, 2011 at 4:08 PM

      OK, I’m not from Bah-ston…what the hell does that mean???

      • Alex K - Aug 22, 2011 at 4:51 PM

        You don’t remember when Theo left somewhere (was it Fenway?) wearing a gorrilla suit?

      • Chris Fiorentino - Aug 22, 2011 at 5:03 PM

        No I don’t remember that at all. Like I said…not from Boston. I just remember reading all the stories about how Theo was in love with Hanley and would never have traded him.

      • bigharold - Aug 22, 2011 at 5:31 PM

        I’m not from “Bah-ston” either, .. in fact I’m a Yankee fan.

        As was pointed out, he beat it, high tailed it, fled, “amscrayed” out of the RS offices the night he resigned after his hissy fit because he couldn’t have sole control over baseball operations. Picture this; your contract is up, you your team just won the first WS in 86 years and rather then accept your great big raise and bask in the afterglow of your part in this historic accomplishment, you petulantly quit because you can’t get your way. And, rather than act like a grown up, and since it happened to be Halloween, he borrowed somebody’s gorilla suit so he didn’t have to face the media. PRICELESS!

        Nothing says dignity and class like sneaking off into the night in an ape costume.

  3. lsnadon - Aug 22, 2011 at 7:53 PM

    and nothing says shut the hell up like “Fuck Off Asshole!!”

    • bigharold - Aug 23, 2011 at 1:29 AM

      Ah, .. another knuckle dragger from the Nation chips in his two cents. Eloquent as always, your Mom must be proud!

  4. dirtyharry1971 - Aug 22, 2011 at 11:23 PM

    So does this mean Josh would block a trade to the bluegays? Hell ya, who wouldnt? LOL

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