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Not just Adrian Gonzalez: The Dodgers have claimed Josh Beckett too

Aug 24, 2012, 5:00 PM EDT

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Claiming Adrian Gonzalez is one thing, but claiming Josh Beckett too?  Yep, the Dodgers have done that, Sean McAdam of CSNNE confirms.

This is a little different than the Adrian Gonzalez claim.  For one thing, the Red Sox may very well just want to be rid of Josh Beckett. The fan base has turned on him and, depending on how much blame you put on him for the clubhouse problems in Boston — probably nowhere near as much as some folks claim, but in Boston everything sucks right now — it’s not like you have to sell the fans on letting him go.  The fact that he’s pitched like butt this year makes it easier too.  He’s due $35 million through the end of 2014 too, so losing him saves a lot of money.

But it’s also different in that Beckett has 10/5 rights, and a player with 10/5 rights has the right to block waiver claims too.  Beckett has given no indication that he’d waive his no-trade protection in the past, although things have gotten way worse in Boston lately so maybe he’s of a different mind about such things now.  Added incentive: pitching in the NL West could really help him rebound between now and 2014 when he’ll likely want to cash in on one last big free agency deal.

One final possibility: maybe the Dodgers claim of both Gonzalez and Beckett is the precursor to a gigantic mega-trade/player dump involving the two teams.  Again, the Dodgers don’t have that much to offer besides salary relief, but weirder things have happened. I think.

Stay tuned!

  1. pinkfloydprism - Aug 24, 2012 at 5:04 PM

    The new ownership is just like McCourt…trying to get Boston players so he could have the team he lost out on.

  2. heelbostonfan - Aug 24, 2012 at 5:07 PM

    LET BECKETT GO!!!

  3. randygnyc - Aug 24, 2012 at 5:08 PM

    The MLB owners should collude together in not pursuing any deals with Boston. Let them lie in the bed they’ve made for themselves.

    • willclarkgameface - Aug 24, 2012 at 5:21 PM

      I like this, but we’re not supposed to say so because baseball purists get very antsy with the notion that GMs and teams talk. It’s not “romantic” enough for them. TOUGH! Baseball is big business and Josh Beckett deserves a kick in the ass on his way out of town.

  4. legacybroken - Aug 24, 2012 at 5:08 PM

    What are the Dodgers management thinking? Whats next? The Dodger’s claiming Vernon Wells?

    • mirmz - Aug 24, 2012 at 5:43 PM

      PLEASE!

  5. crispybasil - Aug 24, 2012 at 5:26 PM

    Edes: teams working on a deal that would send Crawford, Gonzalez, Beckett, and Punto to LA.

  6. hansob - Aug 24, 2012 at 5:31 PM

    geez. The Dodgers are like a rich kid in a candy store, except all the candy is either overpriced or expired.

  7. poprox13 - Aug 24, 2012 at 5:35 PM

    See ya Josh

  8. allbucdup - Aug 24, 2012 at 6:33 PM

    They can’t trade Crawford. He is on the DL

  9. Tim OShenko - Aug 24, 2012 at 7:19 PM

    Ladies and gentlemen, your Los Angeles Red Sox!

  10. vallewho - Aug 24, 2012 at 8:36 PM

    It looks like the RS will rid themselves of some hefty financial commitments.

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