The Red Sox have placed Josh Beckett on trade waivers according to Jon Heyman of CBS Sports.
In theory, that could lead to his getting traded. In practice, it probably won’t.
Beckett will surely clear waivers because no team would be foolish enough to claim his contract, which runs through 2014 at $15.75 million a year.
Once he does clear, the Red Sox would be free to trade him.
The problem there is finding a contending team that would want Beckett. He is 0-4, 7.59 in his last six starts. The last time Beckett pitched well, the Olympics hadn’t started yet.
Beckett also has the worst clubhouse reputation in baseball right now, whether that is true or not. No contender is going to want to bring in a player accused of assorted misdeeds, mutiny and malfeasance.
What Beckett does have going for him is a sparking postseason record (7-3, 3.07 in 14 games) and two rings. So let’s say a team decides to roll the dice and make a deal for him in hopes that he will win a few playoff games.
Theoretically, his diminishing stuff could still be effective in the National League.
However . . .
1. The Sox would have to chow down on most of the money and get little back in return.
2. Beckett still has 10-5 rights and can refuse any deal.
If Ben Cherington can trade Beckett under all those circumstances, he should get Executive of the Year.