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As always seems to be the case, there were a lot of rumors flying around about what the Red Sox might do at the non-waiver trade deadline yesterday. Most of these scenarios involved major deals that included Josh Beckett, Carl Crawford and others, but the Sox settled for two smaller deals. By not making a major move, the Sox can spin the idea that they feel the team is talented enough, but I think it is more likely that they don't want to give up prospects for this season.
Sox Deadline Deals
*Red Sox acquire P Craig Breslow from Diamondbacks for P Matt Albers and OF Scott Posednik
*Red Sox acquire P Steven Wright from Indians for 1B Lars Anderson
Breslow gives the Sox a solid lefthander out of the bullpen. His numbers (2-0, 2.70 ERA) look good against righties (.226) and lefties (.243) so he will most likely not just be a lefty handed specialist. Overall it seems to make sense to swap the righty Albers for Breslow.
Steven Wright just seems like someone the Sox took to get rid of Lars Anderson. Anderson was a decent prospect at one time but he could never make the big leagues. He was never going to overtake Adrian Gonzalez at first and he does not have enough power to be your DH. Wright is a 27-year old that is still in double A. What does that say about a guy? Ben Cherington, the Sox GM, had this to say about him:
"He does a lot of things that we feel give a guy a chance to succeed with that pitch in the big leagues. He's pretty athletic, he repeats his delivery, he can throw a fastball and breaking ball for a strike, and the action on his knuckleball, we think, is major league quality."
Although dealing Beckett would be good for this team, keeping him for the end of the year so he can be traded during the off-season could be the best move. Teams seem to be more willing to take on salary like that after the season. I bet the Sox truly looked into trading him but the deals were not that great. Some fans have hope that Beckett will turn it around and be a stud at the end of the season. That is a tough call because it hasn't really happened and he left last night's game with a back issue.
The biggest problem with not doing much at the deadline is that almost everyone they are in the playoff race with did some major retooling. The Angels got Zack Greinke, the White Sox picked up Francisco Liriano, and Brett Myers, the Tigers picked up former Sox pitcher Anibel Sanchez and Omar Infante to play second. How are the Sox going to come back against teams that improved themselves when the Sox basically stood pat?
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ESPN- NEW YORK -- Two days before Tuesday's trading deadline, all appeared quiet on the Red Sox front, although one major league executive insisted Sunday night that the team is looking for a buyer for starting pitcher Josh Beckett.According to multiple reports the Red Sox are showing interest in finding a new home for Josh Beckett. Over the weekend, the Red Sox inquired...
News started to trickle out yesterday that Red Sox starter Josh Beckett might be on the market. Apparently, the Red Sox are listening on the 32-year old, but not actively shopping him. The usual suspects (Braves, Rangers, and Dodgers) have all called to express interest in Beckett.
Beckett's career in Boston has been erratic (to say the least), and he hasn't thrown...
BOSTON –– For the first time in years, Josh Beckett's name circulated in trade rumors. It was foreign territory for Beckett, who has been the cornerstone of Boston's starting rotation since 2006. His inconsistency this season –– and the emergence of Franklin Morales –– made him a viable trading chip, if necessary. Shortly after Tuesday's outing, Beckett was...
The trade deadline ended without a bang from the Red Sox. The biggest deal of the day for the Sox was the acquisition of Craig Breslow for Albers and Podsednik. We all waited for something to happen with Josh Beckett and a lot of us were bummed to find out he would be on this team for the foreseeable future. This morning, WEEI's Rob Bradford wrote that the Red Sox looked to deal...
BOSTON -- Red Sox pitcher Josh Beckett wasn't dealt out of Boston, but he may be gone for a while after leaving Tuesday's game against Detroit with back spasms.. Beckett, who has been a major disappointment this season and has drawn most of the fans' distaste for the club's mediocre season, walked off the mound to slight boos after pointing to his back following...
The MLB trade deadline passed and the Red Sox will be holding on to arguably the most hated athlete in Boston, Josh Beckett. There was speculation that Beckett may be traded to either Texas or Atlanta yesterday, but Globe writer Nick Cafardo reported yesterday that Sox G.M. Ben Cherington decided not to move the struggling pitcher.
Now, for all those members of “Red Sox Nation”...
Josh Beckett is questionable for his next start days after leaving a game due to a back spasm. Red Sox manager Bobby Valentine described Beckett as "much improved" on Thursday, but still indicated his pitcher was dealing with a limited range of motion. "I'd say it's questionable for him to throw [Friday], which would then make it questionable that he would...
BOSTON -- A rain-shortened comeback win against the reigning American League MVP, and suddenly the Boston Red Sox have a little streak going. Just when fans wanted Josh Beckett and others gone at the trade deadline, the Red Sox are making a slight charge. The Red Sox took advantage of a subpar night by reigning MVP Justin Verlander, beating the Detroit Tigers 4-1 Tuesday in a...
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Red Sox (52-51)
Pitching: RHP Josh Beckett (5-9, 4.57)
Pitching: RHP Justin Verlander (11-6, 2.60)
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The Boston Red Sox will not trade Josh Beckett before Tuesday's 4 p.m. deadline, a team source said late Monday night. And while the club fielded numerous inquiries about the availability of outfielder Jacoby...
I’ll be here all day updating this post with the latest traded deadline news so check back early and often. It should be an eventful day as the Red Sox have probably played themselves back into a “buyers” label over the past 4 days but they also have a surplus of players in key positions which puts them in a position to sell as well. Here’s a primer for what...
Clayton Mortensen pitched 2 2-3 shutout innings after Josh Beckett left with back spasms and the Boston Red Sox beat the Detroit Tigers 4-1 in a game halted by rain in the top of the sixth inning Tuesday night.
Detroit had the bases loaded with two outs when the tarp was rolled onto the field. The game was called 1 hour, 45 minutes later, giving the Red Sox their fourth straight...
After taking the first game 7-3 last night, the Boston Red Sox look to take the series tonight in the second game of a three-game set with the Detroit Tigers at historic Fenway Park.
First pitch is scheduled for 7:10 p.m. and will be broadcast nationally on NESN in the Red Sox television market. If you live in the Tigers television market, you can catch the game on FOX Sports...
Here's a running list of trade rumors around the Major leagues:
– The Padres might wait until the winter to trade third baseman Chase Headley according to Buster Olney of ESPN. He says that the Padres aren't “far down the road in their Headley trade talks,” so they might wait until the off season when more teams would be involved.
– The Pittsburgh Pirates are interested...
The Sox won Tuesday night in 5 1/3 innings as heavy rain continued to fall
Even though Wednesday’s 7-5 loss to Detroit stung a bit, especially after being up 1-0 early, the Sox still took 2 out of 3 from another good playoff contender. They are currently 4 games behind the Angels and 3.5 games behind the Athletics.
The Sox were able to beat Justin Verlander for the second time...