Josh Beckett now able to block trades with 10-and-5 rights

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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.

Minor League Baseball eclipses 40 million in attendance for 14th consecutive season

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Minor League Baseball announced on Wednesday that, for the 14th consecutive season, the league has eclipsed 40 million in total attendance. 20 teams set single-game attendance records and seven teams set franchise records for single-game attendance in their current parks.

ESPN’s Keith Law, who has been covering the minor leagues for quite a while, did the math:

Minor League Baseball president and CEO Pat O’Conner, whose most prominent stint in the public eye involved him disingenuously justifying the underpaying of his players, said, “Minor League Baseball continues to be the best entertainment value in sports, and these numbers support that. For us to top 40 million fans for the 14th consecutive season despite the weather challenges our teams faced in April and May is a testament to the continued support of our loyal fan bases and the creative promotions and hard work done by all of our teams across the country.”

Major and Minor League Baseball are quite happy to make money hand over fist on the backs of their players, but are too cheap to pay them adequately for their labor.