Gonzalez, Beckett placed on waivers

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Gonzalez, Beckett placed on waivers

BOSTON On Wednesday, the Red Sox placed right-hander Josh Beckett and first baseman Adrian Gonzalez, along with several other players on trade waivers. The moves are pretty standard at this time of the year. Teams can place up to seven players a day on waivers, and most teams will place most if not all of their entire rosters on waivers at some point during the month.

The move allows teams to help gauge interest in players by other teams. If a player clears waivers, a team can trade him to any other team. If he is claimed, the original team could try to work out a deal with the claiming team, or pull the player back. A claiming team would be responsible for a players entire contract.

While news of Beckett and Gonzalez being placed on waivers generated a great deal of buzz, it is unlikely either player would be moved at this point.

Beckett still has two years remaining on his contract and is owed more than 32 million. Combine that with his poor performance and equally poor reputation and it is unlikely a team would claim him. He is also a 10-5 player (10 years in the major leagues, five with one team) and can veto a trade if he chooses.

Gonzalez has six years remaining on his contract after 2012 and is owed more than 133 million at this point.

Red Sox avoid arbitration with Bogaerts, Holt with 1-year deals

Red Sox avoid arbitration with Bogaerts, Holt with 1-year deals

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.  

Report: Bradley Jr. avoids arbitration, agrees to 1-year, $3.6M deal with Red Sox

Report: Bradley Jr. avoids arbitration, agrees to 1-year, $3.6M deal with Red Sox

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.