The Boston Red Sox have placed right-hander Josh Beckett on trade waivers, reports Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com:
Josh Beckett is on trade waivers now. Competing execs don't expect him to be claimed.— Jon Heyman (@JonHeymanCBS) August 23, 2012
Heyman has spoken with executives who do not expect Beckett to be claimed. If he goes unclaimed, the Red Sox would be free to negotiate a trade involving Beckett with any interested team. If he is claimed, the Red Sox would have three options; pull Beckett back, allow him to walk with the claiming team picking up his remaining contract, or work out a trade with the claiming team.
Given Beckett’s age, 32, production this season, 5.23 ERA, 1.327 WHIP, and the fact that he’s guaranteed another $31.5 million through the 2014 season on top of his remaining 2012 salary, there is a good chance no team will risk claiming him.
As the July 31 non-waiver trade deadline approached, Beckett’s name found its way into the rumor mill. If he clears waivers, as expected, the Red Sox could at least entertain offers for the three-time All-Star.
Should a team claim Beckett? If so, who?