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Ben Cherington has stated he hasn’t talked to Josh Beckett about waving his ten and five no trade status (ten years in the league five with your current team) and I believe that, but I also believe that he has talked to the Dodgers, the Brave’s, and Texas over this past weekend trying to gauge interest in the Texas Tantrum.
With Tuesday’s deadline approaching and the Pitching market getting quite thin, this might be the best chance the Red Sox have of moving Beckett’s bloated attitude, ego and contract.
The Angels went out and over paid for Zack Greinke, Pittsburg saved Wandy Rodriguez from the Hell that Houston has become and Francisco Liriano is set to start Tuesday for his new club, the White Sox. Teams with legitimate shots at making noise in the playoffs are all making moves and Boston has the last big name available.
You noticed I said Big Name not Big Arm.
Beckett is marred in the worst season of his career but maybe someone out there is desperate enough to make the playoffs to take Beckett and his contract off the Sox hands. At this point it wouldn’t take much more than a club paying the thirty one and a half million left on his current deal.
There is the rub: would you pay thirty million for a pitcher who has won 25 games over the past two and a half seasons? A pitcher with an ERA of almost 5 over his past 68 starts? Are you that big a sucker?
If Cherington can pull this trick off he’s a better magician than David Blaine