ESPN Boston’s Gordon Edes, citing an undisclosed MLB executive, reported Monday morning that the Sox are actively seeking to trade Beckett before Tuesday’s trade deadline. Although the Sox would not be able to move him “without a big discount,” according to Edes’ source, the fact that this idea is even being discussed reveals the depth of the organization’s dissatisfaction with their struggling ace.
After a strong series win against the New York Yankees that saw the team win twice in their final at bat, the Sox appear poised to climb back into the AL Wild Card chase.
It would be odd, then, for GM Ben Cherington to move Beckett now.
Certainly, Beckett has been a lightning rod over the past year as the team has repeatedly faltered in trying circumstances. Nevertheless, he remains a critical member of the team and one upon whom the Sox will depend if they want to make the playoffs.
For many reasons related to both the Sox as well as other teams, it is unlikely that Beckett would really be traded. Here are five of them: