Monday, July 30, 2012
Source: Sox won't trade Beckett
Josh Beckett will not be traded by the Red Sox before Tuesday's non-waiver trade deadline, a team source told ESPNBoston.com's Gordon Edes on Monday night.
General manager Ben Cherington has maintained publicly that the Red Sox were not actively trying to move Beckett, but multiple sources say the Sox had made it known Beckett was available, one major league executive going so far as to say that Boston was "trying to dump him."
The Atlanta Braves and Texas Rangers had been mentioned as possible trading partners for Beckett.
Beckett, who is scheduled to pitch at Fenway Park on Tuesday night against the Tigers, declined to address his situation before Monday night's game.
"I've got nothing for you," he said.
Beckett is owed more than $36 million on the remainder of his contract -- $15.75 million in both 2013 and 2014 and more than $5 million for the final two months of the season. He is 5-9 with a 4.57 ERA in 17 starts. His strikeout ratio of 6.81 per nine innings is the lowest of the career, though his FIP (fielding independent percentage) is 3.52, ranking 28th among all pitchers with 100 or more innings this season. That's below his career FIP of 3.67.