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
MLB.com's Mark Bowman confirmed that rumor later on, saying, "The Red Sox called the Braves to gauge their interest in Josh Beckett."
He went on to say that the Braves didn't exactly jump at the thought of bringing on the disenchanted 32-year-old righty. You can't blame them, as the thought of bringing in a man with a 4.57 ERA and some off-field baggage isn't exactly something to salivate about.
However, according to ESPN's Gordon Edes (via Twitter) Beckett will not be moved before the deadline:
Team source: Sox will not trade Josh Beckett before trading deadline.— Gordon Edes (@GordonEdes) July 31, 2012
The Braves should reconsider, though.
Beckett would be a blessing for the Braves. The Red Sox wouldn't be looking for a king's ransom in return because Beckett's market is at an all-time low.
The former World Series MVP could probably be had for an upper-level prospect and another mediocre young talent. If that is indeed the case, and the Braves don't need to send much more than that to Beantown, it would be the perfect move.
Brandon Beachy is out for the season after Tommy John surgery, and you can bet on him missing a portion of next season. The Braves need to bring in another quality arm if they are going to make a run deep into October. If they don't, a playoff trip might slip away from them.
Beckett has become for too lax with his role in Boston. His off-field issues and subpar performance are products of his confrontational personality, jeers from the media and the players surrounding him in the clubhouse.
It seems like he has free reign to do whatever he wants under Bobby Valentine. That wouldn't be the case under Fredi Gonzalez, an old-school manager who won't stand for any of Beckett's shenanigans.
Beckett's arrival in Atlanta would turn around his abysmal season. If he were to wind up with the Braves, he would be pitching for a team with a realistic shot at playing in the playoffs. That is not the case in Boston, where a playoff trip is nothing more than a pipe dream.
Wherever your allegiance lies—whether it be with the Red Sox, Braves or Beckett—there is no denying that things aren't working out for him in Boston.
He may not be the most desirable piece on the market, but he would aid the Braves in their quest to return to the postseason.