Red Sox Trades 2012: Josh Beckett Sticks Around; Minor Tweaks Made

Didn't like Josh Beckett? You aren't alone, but unfortunately for you, you're going to have to tolerate him, likely for the rest of the season. Beckett, who had been the target of trade rumors prior to Tuesday afternoon's non-waiver deadline, was not dealt, and will make his start against the Detroit Tigers on Tuesday night as planned.

While the Sox didn't move Beckett, they did pick up a couple of pitchers.

Boston shipped reliever Matt Albers (who wasn't particularly choked about about leaving Boston -- really, can you blame him right now?) and outfielder Scott Podsednik to the Arizona Diamondbacks for left-handed relief pitcher Craig Breslow, who pitched for the Red Sox in 2006 before being waived.

Breslow, 31, has played for six teams in seven seasons. Aside from the Red Sox and Diamondbacks, Breslow has thrown for the San Diego Padres, the Minnesota Twins, Cleveland Indians and the Oakland Athletics. Breslow has appeared in 335 career games and owns a 14-17 record with a 3.02 ERA and 277 strikeouts. During his brief stint with the Red Sox in 2006, Breslow appeared in 13 games and had an 0-2 record with a 3.75 ERA in 12 innings. His best season came in 2010 with the Athletics, when Breslow was 4-4 with a 3.01 ERA and a career-high 71 punch outs.

Steven Wright, a minor-league kuckleball pitcher from the Cleveland Indians system, was also acquired by the Red Sox in exchange for minor league first baseman/outfielder Lars Anderson. Wright, who has never appeared in a major league game, was drafted by the Indians in the second round of the amateur draft out of the University of Hawaii at Manoa in Honolulu, HI. Through six minor league seasons, Wright has a 38-33 record with a 3.95 ERA, 557 strikeouts and a 1.346 WHIP. Wright has made 103 career starts in 186 appearances and has started all 20 games he has pitched in this season, going 9-6 with a 2.49 ERA and 101 strikeouts.

As for Beckett, who I'm sure many of you would still like to see sent out of town, there is still hope. Boston could deal him via waivers, and the Red Sox have reportedly been in talks with the Texas Rangers to do so in August.

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