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On Opening Day 2008, Josh Beckett was loved by Red Sox fans. He was the man whose clutch pitching performances the previous October had landed Boston its second World Series championship in four years.
Fast forward four years, and the public perception of Beckett has totally changed. Now he's known, rightly or wrongly, as the arrogant guy whose beer-drinking and chicken-eating led Boston to the biggest September collapse in league history.
Sean McAdam of CSNNE.com, has reported that the Texas Rangers, Los Angeles Dodgers and Atlanta Braves have all called to inquire about the Texas native.
His contract, with roughly $37 million remaining over the next two seasons, and his perceived bad influence on the clubhouse could be sticking points, though. Also, Beckett has 10-5 rights (with 10 years in the big leagues and five with his current club), which means he has an automatic no-trade clause and can veto any deal.