There’s a very good chance that the Red Sox remain relatively quiet at the trade deadline, that they pass on the high-end, impact big leaguers in a season where the team’s realistic chances of a playoff run are slim.



The police officer who allegedly directed a racial slur at Carl Crawford at a minor league baseball game in Manchester, N.H., on July 5 has been fired, Leominster Mayor Dean Mazzarella announced Thursday.

MLB Radio's Jim Duquette joined the Mut & Merloni show on Thursday to talk Bobby Valentine's future, and Josh Beckett's trade value.

When asked about Beckett's value on the trade market with the July 31 deadline approaching, Duquette didn't see much.

According to a major league source, while the Red Sox have fielded some exploratory inquiries on right-hander Josh Beckett, such calls to this point have been little more than exercises in kicking the tires. At this point, the source said, there is "nothing close" regarding a potential deal that would send the right-hander (now 5-9 with a 4.57 ERA in 17 starts after Wednesday's loss against the Rangers) to another team.

In the early months of last season, shortly after the Red Sox signed Adrian Gonzalez to a long-term deal that locked him up through 2018 and Clay Buchholz to a



The Red Sox dropped a 5-3 decision to the Rangers Wednesday night in the teams' series finale in Arlington, Texas.

The pivotal play for the Rangers came in the seventh inning when Elvis Andrus scored with two outs on a Josh Beckett wild pitch. The pitch (a change-up) came after Red Sox manager Bobby Valentine visited the mound, choosing to leave the starter in after throwing 108 pitches.

Beckett would finish his 114-pitch outing allowing four runs over seven innings, giving up nine hits while striking out three and walking two.

Red Sox manager Bobby Valentine, in his weekly interview on WEEI's The Big Show, said that he never discussed the idea of skipping left-hander Jon Lester this coming Saturday in his scheduled start in Yankee Stadium. Though Lester endured the worst outing of his career on Sunday, allowing 11 runs in four-plus innings, Valentine said that he did not see a reason for the Opening Day starter not to pitch.

The Leominster police officer who directed a racial slur at Red Sox outfielder Carl Crawford before a minor league game in Manchester, N.H., should be fired, the Leominster police chief recommended at a hearing Wednesday.

Police chief Robert Healey said John Perreault has made other racially charged "repugnant comments" on at least two occasions and repeatedly violated department standards.

ESPN MLB analyst Buster Olney joined Mut & Merloni for his weekly appearance on Wednesday afternoon, saying the Red Sox will not make a move before July 31.

"I'm sure they're making their calls and seeing what the value with some of these deals are," Olney said. "As long as they're in the no-man's land they're going to sit and stay pat."

A 49-50 record with a $178 million payroll.

Last place in the American League East.

Communication issues within his coaching staff.

Not the first, second or 456th choice for the job by his general manager.



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