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It has been no secret that the Red Sox have been actively pursuing trades involving Josh Beckett over the last few days but are having trouble finding a buyer. The Sox have called the Texas Rangers and the Atlanta Braves about the struggling right hander who is 5-9 with a 4.57 ERA in 17 starts this season.
Beckett has also lost velocity in his fastball this year and has not used it nearly as much in the past. And many teams are not interested in acquiring Beckett due to his struggles this season and remaining contract.
Beckett is due $37.3 million through the 2014 season. If the Red Sox deal him, they will have to pay most, if not all, of his remaining salary to receive a decent prospect or two in return. The 32-year-old also has 10-5 veto rights (10 years in the the majors, 5 years with the team), which means Beckett has to accept any trade.
But, if he is dealt to the Rangers or Braves, it would be hard to believe he would veto a trade to a team in first place in the West (Texas) and a team in a four-way tie for first in the NL Wild Card (Atlanta).
If Beckett is still in a Red Sox uniform after tomorrow’s 4 p.m. deadline, expect the Red Sox to place him on waivers in August to gauge his interest and value to deal him to a contender via the waiver wire. This might be best for the Red Sox to see if Beckett can turn his season around and raise his value.
But according to a major league source and WEEI, the Braves are currently not interested in Beckett at the deadline.