UPDATE Monday 2:32 AM: The Red Sox are gauging interest for Beckett and have checked in with the Texas Rangers and Atlanta Braves. reports Jeff Passan of Yahoo! Sports. One that may be interested in acquiring Beckett are the Los Angeles Dodgers, tweets Passan.
Original Story: While the Boston Red Sox may be looking to be cautious buyers at the trade deadline, they are also looking to trade a few parts if possible. According to Gordon Edes of ESPN Boston, the Red Sox are looking to trade starting pitcher Josh Beckett and outfielder Ryan Sweeney.
One major league executive insisted Sunday night that the Red Sox are looking for a buyer for Beckett, who is scheduled to face Detroit ace Justin Verlander on Tuesday night in Fenway Park. "They're trying to dump him,'' the executive said, "but I don't think anyone would touch him without a big discount.''
Beckett would be able to veto any trade, though, because he holds 10-and-5 rights. It's unclear how much salary the Red Sox would be willing to eat, if any. The 32-year-old Beckett is owed the remainder of his $15.75M this season and $15.75M in years 2013 and 2014.
The 27-year-old Sweeney may not be easy to move, either. He's a fourth outfielder ideally, and the Red Sox may not be able to get much of a return either. Sweeney is hitting .265/.310/.378 in 211 plate appearances this season.