Dodgers Awarded Waiver Claim On Josh Beckett, Are Clearly Up To Something

The Los Angeles Dodgers are a pretty interesting franchise, everybody. A couple hours after it leaked the Dodgers were awarded the waiver claim of Adrian Gonzalez, it's come out the Dodgers were also awarded the waiver claim of Josh Beckett.

The Dodgers are, quite clearly, up to something.

Josh Beckett was something of a rumor around the trade deadline, but it was hard to imagine the Red Sox paying Beckett to pitch for another team. That is, Beckett is still owed more than $32 million, and the Red Sox would likely have to pitch in a substantial amount of money to get another team to agree to a trade.

Instead, it's quite possible the Red Sox would just let him go. Here's the contract, Los Angeles, and we'll reinvest elsewhere.

But why would the Dodgers take that risk for a player with an ERA over 5.00 in two out of the last three years? They aren't that desperate for pitching -- they recently acquired Joe Blanton in a waiver deal, and he's not that different from Beckett, at least this season.

Unless they're working on something insane.

!

That'll qualify. Really, this sounds insane, but what reason would the Dodgers have for claiming Josh Beckett if it wasn't part of a larger deal? The Dodgers haven't been shy about their intention to spend. An Adrian Gonzalez, Carl Crawford, Josh Beckett deal ... yeah, that would qualify as spending. Hell, throw John Lackey on there too.

X
Log In Sign Up

forgot?
Log In Sign Up

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior users will need to choose a permanent username, along with a new password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

I already have a Vox Media account!

Verify Vox Media account

Please login to your Vox Media account. This account will be linked to your previously existing Eater account.

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior MT authors will need to choose a new username and password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

Forgot password?

We'll email you a reset link.

If you signed up using a 3rd party account like Facebook or Twitter, please login with it instead.

Forgot password?

Try another email?

Almost done,

By becoming a registered user, you are also agreeing to our Terms and confirming that you have read our Privacy Policy.

Join SBNation.com

You must be a member of SBNation.com to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at SBNation.com. You should read them.

Join SBNation.com

You must be a member of SBNation.com to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at SBNation.com. You should read them.

Spinner.vc97ec6e

Authenticating

Great!

Choose an available username to complete sign up.

In order to provide our users with a better overall experience, we ask for more information from Facebook when using it to login so that we can learn more about our audience and provide you with the best possible experience. We do not store specific user data and the sharing of it is not required to login with Facebook.