According to a report by Yahoo Sports' Jeff Passan the Boston Red Sox called the Atlanta Braves to gauge interest in right handed starting pitcher Josh Beckett.
Sources: Boston called Texas and Atlanta within last 48 hours trying to dump Josh Beckett. No deal is imminent. Red Sox gauging interest.— Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) July 30, 2012
Beckett is currently in the second year of a four-year deal that pays him in excess of $15 million per season. Any deal that the Red Sox are to obtain would likely be contingent on how much of the remaining salary that Boston is willing to cover. Given the way Beckett has struggled this season that may not even be enough to peak interest from a team like Atlanta who is looking for some consistency in its starting rotation.
Boston reportedly contacted the Braves because they thought that Atlanta would be a destination that Beckett might be willing to waive his 10 and 5 rights.
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