Texas and Atlanta were targets because Red Sox believe Beckett would waive his 10-and-5 rights if they struck a deal with either team.— Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) July 30, 2012
There are several reasons why Boston believes Beckett would waive his 10-and-5 rights in a deal to Texas. First and foremost, the Rangers seem poised for another trip to the postseason after back-to-back World Series appearances. Also, Beckett grew up in Texas.
If Boston isn't asking for much in return, these rumors could pick up steam over the next two days.