Josh Beckett wasn’t going anywhere anyway, but now he’s officially able to block any future attempts the Red Sox might make to trade him.
Rob Bradford of WEEI.com notes that Beckett recently gained his 10-and-5 rights, which means he’s accumulated 10 total seasons of service time in the majors, including five consecutive seasons with the same team.
That comes with trade veto rights, although Beckett doesn’t seem particularly worried about ever having to use them:
Obviously I’m not going to use it this year. I don’t think any of that stuff comes into play right now, and it might be in a few years. More than anything right now what it means is that it’s a pride, or status, thing. It shows that I’ve stuck it out. It’s tough to do. It’s pretty cool to have.
Beckett has been traded once, going from the Marlins to the Red Sox in November of 2005 along with Mike Lowell for a package that included Hanley Ramirez and Anibal Sanchez. He’s signed through 2014 as part of a four-year, $68 million extension and Beckett has bounced back from a career-worst 2010 season to throw 157 innings with a career-best 2.57 ERA.
If it were up to him, Blue Jays third baseman Josh Donaldson would finish the remainder of his career in Toronto. In fact, he’d be “ticked pink” if the club decided to sign him to a long-term deal. Whether the Blue Jays share that sentiment is still unclear, as Donaldson said Saturday that the team has yet to engage his agent in extension talks.
“I’ve said that I wanted to be here,” he told MLB.com’s Gregor Chisholm. “That’s pretty much all I can say. I’m not the one who makes the decisions, nor would I try to put them in the position to do that. Like I said, I believe the situation will become more fluid when the time is right.”
That doesn’t necessarily mean an extension is out of the question. The Blue Jays reached an unprecedented one-year, $23 million agreement with the three-time All-Star in arbitration, and have been reticent to field trade offers despite continued interest from the Cardinals this winter.
Donaldson, 32, is poised to enter his eighth season in the majors and fourth with the Blue Jays. In 2017, he batted .270/.385/.559 with 33 home runs and a .944 OPS in 496 plate appearances, ranking sixth among all major league third baseman with 5.0 fWAR. He’s scheduled to enter free agency following the 2018 season.