Josh Beckett On Waivers

The Red Sox have placed right-hander Josh Beckett on waivers, Jon Heyman of reports (on Twitter). Competing executives don’t expect him to be claimed, Heyman writes.

Beckett, 32, earns $15.75MM per season through 2014. He has posted a 5.23 ERA with 6.6 K/9 and 2.7 BB/9 in 127 1/3 innings this year, while facing considerable scrutiny for his on-field performance and off-field actions.

One unnamed GM recently told Heyman "Boston's first priority has to be to trade Josh Beckett'' this August. The Red Sox and Rangers discussed a trade that would have sent Beckett, Jacoby Ellsbury and Kelly Shoppach to Texas leading up to the trade deadline, so the Rangers could be considered a long-shot suitor.

Teams routinely place players on waivers, even if they don't plan on trading them, so this is not an indication that the Red Sox intend to move Beckett. If he goes unclaimed, the Red Sox will be able to complete a trade just as easily as they could have before the current waiver period began at the beginning of August.

If a team claims Beckett, the Red Sox will have three choices. They can let him (and his contract) go to the claiming team, they can complete a trade with the claiming team, or they can pull him back off of waivers. American League teams will have claiming priority on Beckett.

Carl Crawford and Nick Punto have already cleared waivers this month. Adrian Gonzalez is also on waivers now.

57 Responses to Josh Beckett On Waivers Leave a Reply

  1. colt13 3 years ago

    I am just amused that the Sox tried to pawn Crawford off on Miami when they have been talking about surgery from the moment he came back.

    • Ben_Cherington 3 years ago

      I know…Its hilarious that the marlins asked about Crawford and the Red Sox said no thanks.

      • Trout Almonte 3 years ago

        Silly you. Should have taken it.

        • Ben_Cherington 3 years ago

          Why? You dont know for sure what they offered.
          Do you just give up on a guy with a good track record because of a bad season? Should the white sox have traded Dunn when his value was low? Injuries happen, its part of the game. He is a hard working a very good player. HE looked pretty good during his short stint this year. Do you over look 8 very good seasons and assume he will play below avg the rest of his career? My answer: NO

          • Comparing Dunn and Crawford is apples and oranges. Yes Dunn had a horrific season last year, the difference was he wasn’t injured he just played bad so there’s no durability questions with Dunn. Crawford hasn’t had just one injury shortened season now, this is two in a row. When a player misses two consecutive seasons and he is approaching his early 30’s the odds of them once again becoming the player they were are slim to none. The final difference between Crawford and Dunn is the amounts still owing on their contracts. Crawford still has around 100M left whereas Dunn after last season had under 50M left on his contract. So i guess my point is your argument is bullocks Ben_Cherington, move and and cut bait from Crawford.

          • Ben_Cherington 3 years ago

            He still played in 130 games last year. So its not like he misssed half or more of the season. But I understand where you are coming from.

            After last year people were talking about Dunn as a top 5 worst contract. HE hit .156 and had no power. But he came back and is back to his old ways.

            My point is, is that Crawford probably will as well. Every knows he is over paid, but you dont sale a 50 cents on the dollar if there is a good chance the next 5 yrs you will get 65 cents on the dollar worth of production.

          • But what’s better? The upside of maybe receiving .65 on the dollar from a player? Or cutting bait and starting over with that 20M and trying to get surplus production from it? Yeh your right Crawford could certainly come back and be a contributor on a good team but at that price being a contributor isn’t enough, even if your the red sox and can spend upwards of 180M per season.

          • Ben_Cherington 3 years ago

            NO ONE is taking his entire contract!!!!

            So thats the problems, if we cut bait, we are not getting all of the money back. So, therefore, we would still pay half of his contract (10m/season), plus another 20mil for someone else. Then get 15mil production for a total of 30mm anually. It does not makes sense.

            I would rather pay Crawford and hope for a healthy rebound 2013 season than to do what you are proposing.

          • Never say never, I could see a team like the dodgers picking up crawford’s entire contract if a decent prospect or two were included. Whether giving up the prospects is worth the savings is a whole other argument i don’t intend on getting into. It’s still possible though…Only a sith deals in absolutes. (then again you are a red sox fan so this starts to make sense)

          • Rangersalchamps 3 years ago

            Crawford did look good during his little cup of coffee. I think if he find a way to maintain confidence he will return to his old ways.
            If he can’t the RS should look into trading him, he will get killed by the fans

          • notsureifsrs 3 years ago

            “When a player misses [parts of] two consecutive seasons and he is approaching his early 30’s the odds of them once again becoming the player they were are slim to none”

            show your work

          • YanksFanSince78 3 years ago

            I see your Adam Dunn and raise you a Jason Bay. If Boston was given a “mulligan” then they need to move him and that contract if possible. NOW if they have to eat a bunch of salary to do it, then no.

      • YanksFanSince78 3 years ago

        It was for Heath Bell and HanRam and I can almost guarantee you that it fell thru because the Sox were asked to ear a significant amount of money. Let’s not act as if the Sox covet Crawford at this point and wouldn’t be happy to unload him if it didn’t mean eating too much salary, which would really be defeating the point of moving him in the 1st place.

        If Crawford were placed on waiver and claimed I think the Sox would have to think really hard about not letting him walk.

        • Ben_Cherington 3 years ago

          Oh I agree 100% but no one claimed him and for good reason.

    • Slopeboy 3 years ago

      @ colt13
      I’m amused that anyone would take this seriously at all.The Red Sox are not going to move any of these players from their roster for just the waiver price! This is nothing more than ownership expressing their anger at how things have turned out the last three years. John Henry, Larry & Co. have doled out a lot of money, and as things stand now, will have missed the post season for the third year in a row.

      Placing all these players on waivers is nothing more than rattling the players’ cages, if you will. After the disappointing season and the player mutiny a few weeks ago, ownership is sending a message to the players that no one is expendable, even if it’s not entirely true. It also allows interested teams the opportunity to put together a package for the off season, if they’re serious about any of the players.

      Could be that some of the big names get moved, but that will certainly be some kind of block buster trade during the winter. No one is making a trade of huge magnitude at this time of the season.

      • MaineSox 3 years ago

        It’s not even that, literally almost every player in the game is put on waivers this time of year, it’s really nothing more than a formality in most cases.

        • YanksFanSince78 3 years ago

          Agreed. I would think the owners are smart enough NOT to make the situation worse by playing mind games. I’m sure the Yanks put players on waiver they had absolutely no desire to move. It’s protocol.

  2. ugotrpk3113 3 years ago

    Oh god, please someone claim him…

  3. slasher016 3 years ago

    No chance he gets claimed, but I could see a team trying to work out a trade for him if Boston pays at least half his salary for the remainder of his contract.

  4. Lefty_Orioles_Fan 3 years ago

    I will take him.
    The Orioles can’t march Tommy Hunter out there ever again as far as I am concerned.

  5. YanksFanSince78 3 years ago

    If you’re Boston and someone claims Beckett what would you do? Would you say “Thanks a mil…as in the $36 mil or so left, and just let him walk or would you pull him back and try and work out a trade with that team in the offseason”?

    • dc21892 3 years ago

      As a Sox fan, I think they have to shed the contract if someone claims him. Just let the team have him. Assuming Lackey doesn’t turn it around when he comes back that’s 32M tied up next season which is a staggering number for two underachieving pitchers who are moving out of their primes.

    • Tough call, dc is right tho it might be nice to clear up some money. With Crawford, Lackey and Beckett already, but with a chance of redeeming themselves, with bad contracts it might be prudent to just let him go.

    • notsureifsrs 3 years ago

      c) pull him back and do not try to trade him in the offseason

      • Ben_Cherington 3 years ago

        d) 5 year 90 million extension

      • YanksFanSince78 3 years ago

        Really? Is that sarcasm I’m missing or would you really hold on to him? Just curious.

  6. Karkat 3 years ago

    Took them long enough!

  7. Mike Boyer 3 years ago

    please someone claim him i don’t even care if it’s the Yankees I just want him off the team, he is a cancer to the team and he must be sent packing.

  8. Many of you might disagree, but I thought AJ Burnett would thrive last year after getting out of the American League East, and I think if Josh Beckett can make it back to the National League, he is going to be AJ Burnett part 2. You listening Theo? Any chance of moving Marmol or Soriano to the Red Sox? I guess it depends on whether or not they want to resign Ortiz next year if Soriano gets involved.

  9. headsupkid01 3 years ago


  10. Exposfan 3 years ago

    Since Johan is shut down for the rest of the year, why not Sandy? Another aged overpaid fading star

  11. I think he would do pretty well in the NL West…

  12. ChefR 3 years ago

    If somebody claims him, don’t even try trading. Just ship the guy out of here.

  13. Tko11 3 years ago

    Wow I wonder who Texas was giving up in that rumored trade…But any trade with Ellsbury in it should include at least a top 3 prospect from texas. So probably Profar since the Sox have no room for Olt.

    • Ben_Cherington 3 years ago


      Try, Andrus. Ells only has 1 year left. No way they trade us a 19 yr old with tons of control.

  14. mgsports 3 years ago

    Angle,A’s,Rangers,White Sox’s,Yankees,Baltimore.

  15. rickjimbo 3 years ago

    I think it’s pretty hard to single out Valentine as the big issue in the clubhouse considering all of the other ridiculous stuff going on behind closed doors at Yawkey Way.

  16. Ben_Cherington 3 years ago

    What was the cancerous situation at the end of last season when Bobby V wasnt there?

  17. notsureifsrs 3 years ago

    naming him isn’t singling him out. there are a few separate problems, but e.g. beckett and lester can pitch better. bobby isn’t going to change and what he is isn’t going to help

  18. notsureifsrs 3 years ago

    there wasn’t one. the problems were on the field, but sports writers (and most of their readers) don’t know enough about baseball to analyze those problems by themselves, so they have to write about something else

    what else sells? gossip. clubhouse events thus become the explanation for all on-field problems, even though the same clubhouse resulted in great baseball on the field for most of the season

    do yourselves a favor: don’t look to sports writers for answers. or analysis. or anything else really. if you have to read them, just approach it like you would a tabloid magazine at the grocery store: “haha, that’s kind of funny. and not worth thinking about ever again”

  19. Ben_Cherington 3 years ago

    Was that directed at me?? I completely agree with you!
    I was just seeing what his next answer would be.

  20. johnsilver 3 years ago

    “: don’t look to sports writers for answers. or analysis.”

    I think 90% of sports fans are no more of the “National Enquirer” variety anyway NSF and just pay about as much attention to sports as some do when they see some gooney, outlandish title splashed onto the cover of a rag like the enquirer and how far fetched those are.. As those are? They take these sports writers clippings as gospel also and run with them, much like stories of 3 headed babies.

  21. YanksFanSince78 3 years ago

    I think that the situation IS overblown to some degree but I also think that there’s a real cause for concern if star players are SEEN as being not as invested in the game as they need to. IF for instance, Pedroia takes exception to the Beckett’s and Lackey’s of the clubhouse that were involved in the “chicken and beer gate” situation then that can cause a riff and ANY distraction that a team might deal with in the club house can be an issue. It certainly WON’T explain poor performance but it certainly can be a hindrance in getting PAST the bumps in the road.

    I’ve worked in office situations enough to know that tension in the office is detremental to individuals working at their highest levels, especially if the individuals are of poor character anyway (not suggesting that they are but I’m sure on a 25 man roster there are those weak minded types).

    I would say that “chicken and beer” was an example of a clubhouse that may have been a little “too loose” and that while I seriously doubt it was the cause of the collapse it certainly did nothing to help the situation.

  22. notsureifsrs 3 years ago

    technically it was, but really just to everyone who buys into that stuff

  23. Ben_Cherington 3 years ago

    Thats good, Shoppach plays for the mets!

    Why wouldnt you make a trade. Looks like Hamilton is gone, you need a CFer and ells is good when on the field. Andrus has what 2 yrs of control, then what is the plan? Play Kinsler at 2nd, Andrus directly behind the pitcher and Profar at SS??

    Thanks for the compliment.

  24. Rangersalchamps 3 years ago

    While I agree we have a logjam that doesn’t mean we will trade Elvis for junk. Elvis is considered the best defensive SS in the game and has good offensive ability, not to mentions he’s only 23. I’d would expect a Josh Johnson/ Justin Upton type player in return for Elvis and prospects. Not really impressed with Ells decent/good player but nothing special. Elvis has a chance to be special.

    What’s the plan for the offseason Ben?

  25. notsureifsrs 3 years ago

    it’s not a choice between [the clubhouse caused the poor play] and [the clubhouse is good]. it can be – and often is – a bad clubhouse without being the cause of the poor play

    of course that doesn’t mean that you ignore environment concerns; it simply means that you shouldn’t prioritize them the way red sox fans – and managements, at times – have. clubhouse drama is the easy, lazy explanation

  26. Ben_Cherington 3 years ago

    “Not really impressed with Ells decent/good player but nothing special.”
    How do you know that? He had 2 very freak injuries. Last year he was VERY special.
    Plans are to get better!

  27. MaineSox 3 years ago

    You have no idea if that is even remotely true, other than guys like Massarotti baselessly claiming that that is the case, what evidence do we have that anyone in the clubhouse doesn’t like Beckett?

  28. YanksFanSince78 3 years ago

    I think “club house cancer” has replaced “scrappy” and “grinder” as the most overused and misunderstood phrases in sports.

  29. YanksFanSince78 3 years ago

    I agree and wasn’t inferring that a “poor clubhouse” caused the “poor on-field play” but I don’t think it’s hard to assume that “poor clubhouse behavior” didn’t help the team rebound from the poor play.

  30. notsureifsrs 3 years ago

    yea, didn’t mean to imply you were offering or subscribing to that lazy explanation, just that it is the one everyone has been talking about for a year now

    i think the clubhouse is probably pretty bad. it might even be inhibiting a rebound to some degree as you suggest. i just don’t think it’s inhibiting it so much that some roster tweaks, injury recoveries, and reversions to the mean couldn’t get the team back to 90+ wins

  31. Rangersalchamps 3 years ago

    His Obp is .363, pretty good for a 23 year old. He’s not suppose to hit for power. High Obp to go along with stellar defense, sounds like a star in the making! Ells is not young(Elvis young) and has already hit his peak, you know what your going to gett a solid player. Beckett and shoppach are terrible!!!! Why do RS fans act like becketts any good?

  32. YanksFanSince78 3 years ago

    OPS is not the best stat to judge a 23 yo SS by. Look at his WAR among SS since coming into the league in 2009 and he ranks 4th. Factor in, that he’s only in his 4th season and is coming into his own at the age of 23 and that the other 5 of the top 6 in WAR are all under multi-year deals or earning serious coin (Tulo, Jeter, A. Ramirez, HanRam and Reyes) and he seems a whole lot more attractive and that OPS becomes less of a factor.

  33. YanksFanSince78 3 years ago

    Who in the WORLD ever defended anyone who called Delmon Young or Guillen “club house cancers”?? I mean I can agree with you that the Boston media is blowing it out of proportions but using Young and Guillen to show a bias is flat out wrong. Everyone views both as problems and that’s widely understood.

  34. YanksFanSince78 3 years ago

    I view Ells as better than just a “decent/good player” but while Ells’ injuries haven’t been “chronic” one (bad knees, balky back, etc) he has shown that he puts a lot of wear and tear on his body and can be a bit fragile. Can’t ignore the fact that he missed most of 2010 and 2012. Add to the fact that he is a FA after 2013 and that diminishes his value to an extent. Still should fetch a couple of good prospects (if he can show he’s healthy) but not a “Profar” type (meaning not an elite one @ or above AA).

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