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.
Another major league source said that the Rangers are not interested in the 32-year-old right-hander. While Texas is trying to add a starter in light of the season-ending surgery for Colby Lewis, and the team may be a desirable destination for Beckett (who, as a pitcher with 10 years of big league service and five with his current team, can veto any trade), the Rangers do not see him as a fit.
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