Red Sox won’t trade Josh Beckett or Jacoby Ellsbury

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Despite all of the rumors, the Red Sox aren’t expected to deal Josh Beckett in advance of Tuesday’s 4 p.m. trade deadline and probably won’t ship out Jacoby Ellsbury either, ESPNBoston.com’s Gordon Edes reports.

The Red Sox discussed Beckett with the Rangers, but the talks went nowhere, according to reports. Because Beckett will make $31.5 million between 2013 and ’14, he is likely to clear waivers, meaning the Red Sox could still deal him next month.

Ellsbury, on the other hand, won’t be clearing waivers, and while the Red Sox have fielded several inquiries, they have no plans to trade last year’s AL MVP runner-up. Ellsbury will be eligible for free agency for the first time after next year, and the Red Sox figure to make a bid to re-sign him this winter, though he’s likely to want Carl Crawford money.

 

Will Middlebrooks carted off field with left ankle injury

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Phillies third baseman Will Middlebrooks suffered a serious injury during Saturday’s Grapefruit League contest against the Orioles. The infielder was chasing down a pop fly in the eighth inning when he ran into left fielder Andrew Pullin, who inadvertently trapped Middlebrooks’ ankle under his leg. Middlebrooks was unable to put weight on his leg following the collision and was carted off the field and taken to a local hospital for X-rays.

Per MLB.com’s Todd Zolecki, not much is known yet about the severity of the ankle injury or the recovery time it will require, though it appears serious enough to set Middlebrooks back considerably as he seeks a backup/bench role with the team this spring.

The 29-year-old is currently seeking another opportunity to extend his six-year major-league career in 2018. He’s coming off of two down years with the Brewers and Rangers, during which he slashed a cumulative .169/.229/.262 with four extra bases through 70 plate appearances.