Josh Beckett's alleged clubhouse misbehavior in 2011 isn't going to prompt the Red Sox to look into trading him.
New Red Sox general manager Ben Cherington, in fact, was adamant in his denial at the very suggestion.
"I don't believe that's true," Cherington replied when Michael Felger suggested Beckett "doesn't want it anymore" during an interview Wednesday on 98.5 The Sports Hub's 'Felger and Mazz' show. "I believe he does."
"You bring back Josh Beckett because he was one of the best pitchers in the American League this year," Cherington said, later adding:
"I don't believe that anyone in our clubhouse should be judged on one moment, one incident of behavior. That's not how we judge people."
Facing a 1 p.m. Friday deadline to avoid arbitration, the Red Sox reportedly agreed to a one-year, $3.6 million deal with center field Jackie Bradley Jr., and also avoided hearings with six other players.
Shortstop Xander Bogaerts, utilityman Brock Holt, pitchers Joe Kelly, Robbie Ross Jr., Tyler Thornburgh and catcher Sandy Leon also agreed to one-year deals.
Terms of the deals were not announced.
It leaves left-handers Fernando Abad and Drew Pomeranz as the only arbitration-eligible Red Sox without a deal.
Red Sox center fielder Jackie Bradley avoided arbitration and agreed to a one-year, $3.6 million deal with the team, ESPN’s Jerry Crasnick reported.
Bradley, who turns 27 April 19, had his best season in 2016, hitting .267 with 26 homers and a league-best 29-game hitting streak. He also won his first Gold Glove. A Scott Boras client, Bradley isn’t eligible for free agency until 2020.
Friday at 1 p.m. was the deadline to reach deals to avoid arbitration.
Other arbitration-eligible Red Sox are infielders Xander Bogaerts and Brock Holt, left-handers Drew Pomeranz and Fernando Abad, right-handers Joe Kelly, Robbie Ross and Tyler Thornburg and catcher Sandy Leon.