MLB Trade Rumors: Red Sox Wrong Not to Consider Trading Josh Beckett

Tom FitzContributor IIIJuly 8, 2012

MIAMI, FL - JUNE 11:  Josh Beckett #19 of the Boston Red Sox looks on during a game against the Miami Marlins at Marlins Park on June 11, 2012 in Miami, Florida. The Marlins defeated the Red Sox 4-1.  (Photo by Sarah Glenn/Getty Images)
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According to a July 6 report from Ben Nicholson-Smith of MLB Trade Rumors, “the Red Sox aren’t considering trades involving Josh Beckett.”

My only question is a loud and resounding "why?"

Beckett has not exactly set the world on fire this season. He has gone 4-7 with a 4.43 ERA in 89.1 innings pitched. He has 65 strikeouts and has allowed nine home runs.

Beckett has always been billed as a big-game pitcher—and at one point in his career, that was absolutely the case. But those days seem over. Last September, when the Red Sox desperately needed a win, Beckett went 0-2 with an 8.10 ERA in 13.1 innings pitched. The Red Sox were fighting for a playoff spot and Beckett imploded.

Jump to this season.

His performance against the Yankees on July 6 was brutal. Make no mistake, that was a big game for the Red Sox. But in five innings, he allowed six runs on eight hits, walked two and hit a batter.

His four wins this season have come against the Tampa Bay Rays, Minnesota Twins, Seattle Mariners and Philadelphia Phillies. Three out of those four teams are currently in last place.

Yet, according to the MLB Trade Rumors report, the Red Sox are not even considering trades involving Beckett.

Beckett seems exactly like a player that a GM should consider trading—especially to a National League teams. His value remains relatively high simply because he is a big name. He is exactly the type of pitcher that Red Sox general manager Ben Cherington may be able to deal to a National League team in need of pitching.

The Atlanta Braves and Los Angeles Dodgers come to mind.

Is it really out of the realm of possibility that a “change of scenery” argument could be made by Cherington about Beckett to other GMs around the league? Perhaps he simply needs a new environment to reignite his spark.

The Red Sox are a team that has started only to stall all season. Every time the engine seems to be going on all cylinders, something misfires and the whole thing falls apart. On July 6 against the Yankees, Beckett was that misfire.

Even though the Red Sox were struggling going into the series, a Red Sox-Yankees series always creates its own excitement, its own buzz. That buzz was killed immediately by Beckett's first inning.

This is a team that needs to be shaken up a little. The Kevin Youkilis deal was not a huge shakeup only because Will Middlebrooks made the trade a necessity and the writing was on the wall a few weeks before the trade went down.

Trading Beckett would be a magnitude 10 shakeup on the Richter Scale. 

Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe wrote:

If you’re general manager Ben Cherington or Valentine or Lucchino, you have to think the team needs a shake-up after dropping the first two games of the series to the Yankees. It’s time for a kick in the pants, major changes. Trade one of the big-name pitchers for someone who can spark this team.

The ultimate big-name pitcher on the Red Sox is Beckett. To not even consider a trade involving him seems irresponsible at this point.

It is time Cherington make a name for himself, much like Theo Epstein did when he traded Nomar Garciaparra. Beckett could be Cherington’s Garciaparra, if only he would just consider it.