According to a major league source, the Braves are not a viable landing spot for Josh Beckett right now. Even if the Red Sox picked up a significant amount of the right-hander's deal, Atlanta is not in position to assume the financial obligation that would come with the right-hander, who is still owed approximately $37 million over the remainder of his contract, which runs through 2014.
Mark Bowman of MLB.com reported  that the Red Sox called the Braves to gauge their interest in acquiring Beckett. Atlanta responded by asking the Sox whether Jon Lester was available, but was informed that the Sox do not have any intention of dealing the left-hander before Tuesday's trade deadline.
The Braves are looking at starting pitching help, as evidenced by their agreement with the Cubs last week on a deal for Ryan Dempster -- a trade that fell through when the Chicago right-hander withheld his approval of a deal.
The Red Sox and Rangers also have discussed the possibility of a Beckett deal , though as of early Monday morning, it was unclear how much momentum existed in such talks.
Beckett is 5-9 with a 4.57 ERA this year. The 32-year-old is in the second year of a four-year, $68 million deal.
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