According to a major league source, as of the beginning of the day on July 31, it appears that a trade of right-hander Josh Beckett by the Red Sox is "unlikely." Another source characterized the odds of a deal late on Monday night as being less than 50-50, while sources told WEEI.com's Rob Bradford that both the Braves and Rangers were not involved in talks for the 32-year-old.
Beckett is 5-9 with a 4.57 ERA in 17 starts this year, though he has delivered quality starts in 10 of his outings, good for a team-high 59 percent. He has a couple of considerable impediments to a deal, chiefly approximately $37 million that is still owed to him through 2014 under his four-year, $68 million deal and his '10-5' rights, which give him -- as a player with 10 years of service time and five with the same club -- the right to veto a trade to any club.
According to a second major league source, the Red Sox have not gotten to the stage in negotiations with other teams at which they would have asked Beckett about his willingness to waive his 10/5 right to veto a deal.
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