Josh Beckett Trade Scenarios: Odds on Where Embattled Red Sox Ace Could Go

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Josh Beckett Trade Scenarios: Odds on Where Embattled Red Sox Ace Could Go
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With the small exception of the Green Monster, nothing in Fenway Park is untouchable after one of the greatest September collapses in baseball history.

The guillotine has already fallen on manager Terry Francona, former GM Theo Epstein already works for the Chicago Cubs and upon his introduction new GM Ben Cherington promised “there will be changes.”

No element of the Red Sox's stretch-run was worse than their starting pitching and pressure mounts to clean house in response to the 7-20 finish.

Josh Beckett is a prime candidate for relocation as he was effective in 2011 (2.89 ERA, 1.03 WHIP) after signing a four-year, $68 million deal before the season but also imploded in his last two starts and was prominently involved in the clubhouse beer-drinking controversy.

The size of his contract and off-field issues reduce his trade value to little more than John Lackey territory (absolute zero), but a mostly-competitive 2011 means someone is likely to bite. Josh may have worn out his welcome in Boston and could be more valuable to an NL team with a lower degree of scrutiny.

Here are five locations that could justify his contract.

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