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Larry Lucchino, John Henry and Tom Werner have committed to Beckett long-term.
Frustrated Red Sox fans have been echoing the "Just cut Josh Beckett!" sentiment for some time now. Yet in major league baseball, that idea is not as simple as it sounds.
If he was cut loose, the organization would have to eat his contract.
According to Spotrac.com, Beckett is earning $17 million this season between his base salary and signing bonus. That number won't be budging in 2013 or 2014, either. In fact, the Sox won't have their expensive starter off the books until 2015.
Another unfavorable option for Boston is waivers.
If the Sox placed Beckett on waivers and no team claimed his services, the Red Sox would be back where they started. The club could hold onto him, try to trade him post-deadline, or send him to the minors—which he'd likely refuse. The latter options are unrealistic at this point due to his poor performance and lucrative contract.
With his stock plummeting, moving Beckett is just not a cost-effective maneuver.