The Red Sox could allow Beckett and his salary to go to the Dodgers in a move that would elate Red Sox Nation. He’s slated to earn $15.75MM per year for the next two seasons and if the Sox let him go, they would be freed from his bloated salary for a player who is under achieving on the field and creating distractions off the field. The Red Sox have until Sunday to either pull Beckett back off the waiver wire, let him go for nothing or complete a deal with the Dodgers
Beckett was placed on waivers on Thursday and it was first thought that there was zero chance he would be claimed. The Dodgers have recently claimed Adrian Gonzalez off of waivers and yesterday we examined the possibility of the Dodgers taking Beckett as a way to lure Gonzo away from Boston. This may be the first step in such a deal but given the Red Sox could pull both players back, we could be getting our hopes for no reason. Beckett can block any trade or waiver assignment thanks to his ten and five rights and wouldn’t that be a way to stick it to Red Sox fans by vetoing a trade and forcing us to watch him for the rest of the year.
Stay tuned as we’ll continue to monitor this situation as it unfolds and provide any updates as they happen.