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Red Sox Rumors: Josh Beckett Trade "Unlikely"

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BOSTON - APRIL 04: Josh Beckett #19 of the Boston Red Sox pitches in the second inning against the New York Yankees on Opening Night at Fenway Park on April 4, 2010 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jim Rogash/Getty Images)
BOSTON - APRIL 04: Josh Beckett #19 of the Boston Red Sox pitches in the second inning against the New York Yankees on Opening Night at Fenway Park on April 4, 2010 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jim Rogash/Getty Images)
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The Boston Red Sox have discussed trading right-handed starter Josh Beckett---among others----with a number of teams, but it is "unlikely" any deal will be made, a source has told Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports.

It was first reported yesterday that the Red Sox had begun shopping the struggling 32-year-old, with the Texas Rangers and Atlanta Braves showing interest in the right-hander.

Jeff Passan of Yahoo! Sports writes that any deal involving Beckett will come down to the amount of money the Red Sox are "willing to eat", and believes that the right-hander could remain on the market after tomorrow's deadline if not dealt.

He is the sort of player who could pass through waivers and remain available until Aug. 31, by which time the Red Sox almost surely will know whether they're close enough to make a playoff run.

Beckett is in just the second year of a four-year contract and is owed $31.5 million over the next two seasons.

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Will trading Beckett solve the Red Sox' clubhouse issues?

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