Things haven’t gone according to plan for the Boston Red Sox this season, unless you would be that person who picked them to finish under .500 like *cough* me *cough*. A lot of Red Sox players haven’t performed to their fullest capabilities, most notably Josh Beckett, which is why MLB Rumors are circulating about the Red Sox potentially “dumping” him by Tuesday’s deadline.
Josh Beckett has been some sort of an enigma the past three seasons. The Red Sox “ace” (I’m using the ace term very loosely) has fallen out of favor with the team for not only his shaky pitching, but for his attitude as well. Coming into today, Beckett has a 5-9 record, with a 4.57 ERA, 6.81 K/9, 3.52 FIP, and 2.5 fWAR. Certainly, there are worse pitchers available than Josh Beckett, but none come with his price tag.
Beckett is the midst of his second year of the four-year, $68 million extension he signed in 2011. He still has $31.5 million remaining on his deal, so one could assume Boston wouldn’t get much talent back, seeing as it’s mostly a salary dump. One team that is looking for some starting pitching help is theTexas Rangers.
The Rangers came into the season with one of the deepest pitching staffs in the American League. With Colby Lewis, Matt Harrison, Derek Holland, Neftali Feliz, and Yu Darvish, I expected the Rangers to be near the top of the AL in all pitching statistics. And before Feliz, Holland, and Lewis all missed time to injuries – some more severe than others – they were tops in the American League. But now thanks to those injuries, they are using Scott Feldman and a shaky Roy Oswalt, and their lead in the AL West is dwindling.
It’s safe to say this is just one of the few MLB Rumors we will hear about Josh Beckett until Tuesday’s deadline passes. Stay tuned!
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