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Josh Beckett not likely to be traded

Jul 30, 2012, 9:42 AM EDT

There have been a fair amount of rumblings and rumors regarding Josh Beckett. But — and this is no surprise — it’s likely not happening.


Beckett has 10/5 rights, so he would have to approve anything and, though he has said he would “consider” any trade possibilities brought to him, he also says he’d prefer to stay in Boston. Then you figure that (a) he’s sort of at a baseball value nadir at the moment; and (b) he’s owed $15.75 million each of the next two years, it’s hard to see why anyone would want to deal for him.

  1. number42is1 - Jul 30, 2012 at 9:48 AM

    well for next year it makes sense… it is an Odd year after all. for 2014 it would be a bad idea

  2. sabathiawouldbegoodattheeighthtoo - Jul 30, 2012 at 9:55 AM

    Since when has it been a problem to sell low for minimal return? Worked just fine with the Youkilis trade…

    • bigleagues - Jul 30, 2012 at 11:24 AM

      Except as I have explained a number of times previously, the Red Sox did not sell low on Youkilis as much as they were forced to trade Youkilis and get what they could in return given the numerous circumstances involved.

      Beckett, on the other hand, is under contract for the next 2 plus seasons and the Red Sox are not similarly pressed to deal him as they were with Youkilis.

      Whether Beckett turns things around and gives the Sox a consistent performance between now and the end of the season. He is not likely to have as much value going forward as he will have between now and the start of the 2013 season – especially if the Sox absorb a portion of whats owed to him.

      • sabathiawouldbegoodattheeighthtoo - Jul 30, 2012 at 1:04 PM

        “…they were forced to trade Youkilis…”

        By whom? Did Kenny Williams have a gun to Cherington’s head? Forced by their own “maneuvering” and the manager’s big mouth? “Forced to the point where, 2 weeks later, Pedro Ciriaco was the team’s DH?

        If they were at all a professional organization, they could manage such a “problem” as too many viable players for a few slots. Middlebrooks was hot and Youk was banged up, so you tell the guy your letting him ride the bench a bit to get himself healthy and make the team better. Instead they paid the White Sox to take a good player and got the DFA’d Lillibridge in return.

        Or, to put it more simply, BOTCH.

      • teaspoon1731 - Jul 30, 2012 at 4:26 PM

        ““Forced to the point where, 2 weeks later, Pedro Ciriaco was the team’s DH?”

        Yes, because they knew ahead of time that Papi was gonna get hurt and that DH spot would open up….

        It wasn’t a great trade obviously, but I almost feel like they did it out of respect for Youk. The man didn’t deserve to be riding the pine, and they really had no spot for him anymore. They couldn’t keep putting Agon out in right field and risking that injury, and Middlebrooks had proven his spot at third.

  3. bigleagues - Jul 30, 2012 at 9:59 AM

    Dealt before tomorrow night? Maybe not.

    But short of one of the most miraculous transformations in history during the balance of this season, Beckett will be gone this off-season.

  4. muir6 - Jul 30, 2012 at 11:02 AM

    Please don’t trade him
    yankees fans

    • teaspoon1731 - Jul 30, 2012 at 4:30 PM

      But the Yankees traded Burnett. It’s only fair!

  5. deathmonkey41 - Jul 30, 2012 at 11:09 AM

    In response being shopped by the Red Sox, Beckett said, “Hey, what can I tell you- I’m a complete A##hole…”

    • basedrum777 - Jul 30, 2012 at 11:59 AM

      And we all agree

  6. mybrunoblog - Jul 30, 2012 at 12:42 PM

    KFC and Miller Brewing Company exhaling.

  7. muir6 - Jul 30, 2012 at 2:24 PM

    Please don’t make him explain it to us littles again

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