Have things gone so sour for the Red Sox that should trade some of their best players to clear the air in the clubhouse?
Lou Merloni wouldn't go that far . . . but he wouldn't say no to it, either.
"They don't have to trade Josh Beckett, but I think they should look into it and see what they can get in return," the ex-Sox infielder said Thursday night on 'Mohegan Sun Sports Tonight'.
"Now, maybe they can't. He's a 10-5 guy (10 years in the major leagues, the last five with the same team, and players at that experience level have the right to veto any trade). Maybe they can't get anything. If not, fine, you don't do it.
"But if you can get something, you can start getting rid of some of these issues and regroup here a little bit. To me, I think you at least have to look into it."
The Boston Globe's Dan Shaughnessy, a fellow panelist, thinks the Sox could do well in such a deal.
"Beckett has value," he said. "I mean, the 10-5 thing could be problematic, but he has great value."
Mitch Moreland and Sam Travis hit three-run homers and left-hander Brian Johnson started and pitched two scoreless innings to help the Red Sox win their spring training opener, 9-6, over Northeastern University on Thursday in Fort Myers, Fla.
Johnson, who made one spot start in his MLB debut with the Red Sox in 2015 but then was derailed by injuries and anxiety issues last season, struck out three and walked one Thursday. He's expected to start the season at Triple-A Pawtucket, where he went 5-6 with a 4.44 ERA in 15 starts in 2016.
Moreland, the left-handed hitting first baseman signed to a one-year deal after spending his first seven seasons with the Texas Rangers, and Travis, a right-handed hitting first base prospect coming back from knee surgery last season, each hit three-run homers in a six-run third inning.
Pablo Sandoval, attempting to reclaim the third-base job after missing nearly all of last season after surgery on his left shoulder, went 1-for-2 with a double.
The Red Sox open Grapefruit League play Friday afternoon when they host the New York Mets at JetBlue Park.
CSN baseball analyst Lou Merloni sits down with Pedro Martinez and Red Sox hitting coach Chili Davis to discuss one of Pedro's greatest games.
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On September 10, 1999 at the height of the Red Sox/Yankees rivalry, Pedro Martinez struck out 17 Yankees in a complete game victory, with the only hit he allowed being a home run to Chili Davis. The two men recall that memorable night in the Bronx, and discuss the state of pitching in 2017.