Report: Possible Beckett deals being discussed
Late last night, Yahoo! Sports’ Jeff Passan tweeted that the Red Sox have been calling around trying to shop Josh Beckett, but that no deal was imminent. But it looks like the team is, indeed, actively talking about moving the three-time All-Star.
A deal for Beckett could soon gain steam, according to ESPN Boston’s Gordon Edes, who wrote Monday morning that the Red Sox are actively “trying to dump him.”
Beckett is a 10/5 player, so he would have the right to say no to any deal. Texas and Atlanta, two teams who have not been shy about their desire to add starting pitching, could be possibly landing places for the right-hander, who is 5-9 with a 4.57 ERA in 17 starts this season. Beckett is slated to pitch against Detroit’s Justin Verlander on Tuesday at Fenway Park.
Boston general manager Ben Cherington said on Boston sports radio station WEEI that the team’s goal is to improve the rotation, and shipping Beckett out may not be the right solution. Potential starting pitching additions for the Red Sox, though, could include Matt Garza, Josh Johnson or James Shields, according to Edes’ report.
– Joey Nowak