Merloni: Sox should look into trading Beckett

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Merloni: Sox should look into trading Beckett

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."

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Farrell angered after Castillo fails to run out grounder

Farrell angered after Castillo fails to run out grounder

The Red Sox signed Cuban outfielder Rusney Castillo to a seven-year, $72.5 million contract bn August 2014. Over parts of three seasons, the 29-year-old has a .679 OPS across 337 plate appearances in the majors and spent the vast majority of the 2016 season at Triple-A Pawtucket.

Castillo had a chance to start things off on the right foot in 2017, but that ship has already sailed. On Thursday against Northeastern at JetBlue Park, Castillo didn’t run out a routine ground ball. He claims he lost track of the outs. Manager John Farrell isn’t happy about the situation. Via Evan Drellich of the Boston Herald:

“Disappointing for a couple of reasons,” Sox manager John Farrell said. “One, he has lost the number of outs. Still, regardless of another of outs, getting down the line is controllable. And for a player in his situation, every little aspect of the game is important. That’s something that was addressed in the moment. He needs to execute the game situation. And for that matter, every player. But that one obviously stood out.”

Everyone always makes far too big a deal about running out grounders. It’s a real nit to pick when it’s February 23 and your team just finished playing an exhibition game that is even more meaningless than the other exhibition games that will be played in the coming month.

That being said, Castillo has to prove himself to merit inclusion on the 25-man roster and that means dotting all his i’s and crossing all his t’s. Even if he went hitless all spring, Castillo could have at least said he couldn’t have done anything else better. But on day one, he already gave his team a reason to count him out.