Wednesday, November 23, 2005

THE RED SOX’S ACQUISITION OF BECKETT, LOWELL

The Boston Red Sox have shopped for a premier pitcher. They have put together a deal to acquire the Marlins champion Josh Beckett. The Red Sox and Marlins reached a preliminary agreement that would send Beckett and third baseman Mike Lowell to Boston for three players. It has been hyped that that the Marlins will get shortstop Hanley Ramirez and minor league pitchers Anibal Sanchez and Jesus Delgado in the deal. The Red Sox are not only in the search of formidable players but also they are searching for a new GM after Theo Epstein's departure at the end of last month. It is highly appreciating that the Sox’s management understands its responsibility and an absence of GM hasn't stopped them from doing business. Beckett was the MVP of Florida's 2003 World Series win over the New York Yankees and went 15-8 with a 3.38 ERA last season. A three-time All-Star, Lowell slumped to .236 with eight homers and 58 RBIs with the Marlins last season but won his first Gold Glove. He has averaged 24 homers and 94 RBIs in each of the previous five years. The Marlins this season came off with a third-place finish in the NL East, and are possibly looking to shed salary. They had an opening-day payroll of $60 million last season, while Boston began the year at $121 million. After winning the World Series in 2004, the Red Sox were swept by Chicago in the first round of the AL playoffs last month. Prior to the trade, Beckett was also chased by the Texas Rangers. The Rangers were even ready to trade All-Star third baseman Hank Blalock and a top pitching prospect. Let’s wait and watch if the charisma of Beckett and Lowell works wonders for the team or not.

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