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Red Sox Reportedly Willing to Discuss Trading Josh Beckett in Right Deal

BOSTON, MA - JULY 20:  Josh Beckett #19 of the Boston Red Sox pitches against the Toronto Blue Jays during the game on July 20, 2012 at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts.  (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
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Sam R. QuinnSenior Analyst IIIJuly 29, 2012

Josh Beckett is in the midst of one of the toughest stretches of his career, and it appears as though the Boston Red Sox could be on the verge of giving up on the former 20-game winner.

UPDATE: Monday, July 30 at 11:40 p.m. ET by Sam Quinn

According to ESPNBoston.com's Gordon Edes, Beckett isn't going anywhere:

Team source: Sox will not trade Josh Beckett before trading deadline.

— Gordon Edes (@GordonEdes) July 31, 2012

Whether it was because nobody wanted him or the Red Sox just couldn't find the right deal, Beckett remains on the roster. That news may be good or bad depending on where you stand on Beckett, but the starter will play out the remainder of the season with his current club. 

Hopefully for the Red Sox, Beckett will be able to turn it around and spearhead a furious charge to the playoffs.

 

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UPDATE: Monday, July 30 at 1:23 a.m. ET by Austin Green

According to Jeff Passan of Yahoo! Sports, the Red Sox have reached out to the Texas Rangers and Atlanta Braves about a possible Beckett deal.

Sources: Boston called Texas and Atlanta within last 48 hours trying to dump Josh Beckett. No deal is imminent. Red Sox gauging interest.

— Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) July 30, 2012

Passan went on to tweet that the Los Angeles Dodgers could be in the mix as well.

While the Dodgers did not receive a call about Beckett, they could be interested in him, according to a source.

— Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) July 30, 2012

Nothing is official yet, but with Tuesday's trade deadline rapidly approaching, the Red Sox will have to act fast if they want to dump the troublesome pitcher.

Check back here for all the latest updates surrounding Beckett and his future in Boston.

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According to CBS Sports' Jon Heyman, the Red Sox "have given indications they would discuss Josh Beckett in the right deal."

Of course, every team wants to get the "right deal" for one of its most valuable assets, but shipping Beckett elsewhere would be the definition of a sell-low move.

The 32-year-old righty has racked up a lofty ERA of 4.57, a record of 5-9 and has performed far worse than what the baseball world has seen from the three-time All-Star.

This past year in Boston hasn't been fun for him.

Whether it is being accused of drinking beer and eating fried chicken in the clubhouse on nights when he wasn't starting or playing golf before missing a start, Beckett has found himself in the middle of controversy.

The Red Sox are currently in last place in the AL East, 10.5 games behind the New York Yankees. The season is far from a lost cause yet, as Bobby Valentine and company are just 4.5 games back of the Los Angeles Angels for the second wild-card spot.

This is far from a fire sale for the Red Sox, as there is still plenty of baseball left to play. Maybe a change in scenery would benefit the former World Series MVP.

It's hard to believe that the Sox would go through with this, especially after the cavalry has arrived in the form of Jacoby Ellsbury and Carl Crawford returning from their respective injuries.

Even so, the Red Sox starting pitching has been brutal this season. Most notably, Beckett and Jon Lester have combined to put together a stomach-churning 10-17 record.

One obstacle standing in the way of a prospective trade is Beckett's 10-5 rights, which allow a player with at least 10 years of MLB service and five years with his current team to veto any trade.

The MLB non-waiver trade deadline of July 31 is furiously approaching, so it won't be long until we have our answer as to where Beckett will finish the 2012 season.

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