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Beckett and Lowell for Blalock

I'd be remiss if I didn't mention the huge blockbuster that might go down today.  Joe Capozzi of the Palm Beach Post told us late last night:

"In what could be the first step of a major housecleaning in Florida, the Marlins and Rangers are close to completing a trade that would send Beckett and Lowell to Texas for third baseman Hank Blalock and a top pitching prospect, two baseball sources said Friday night.

The Marlins are asking for either left-hander John Danks, Texas' first-round pick in 2003, or right-hander Thomas Diamond, the team's first-round pick in 2004."

The article goes on to say that the deal could fall apart if Texas refuses to include either pitching prospect.  My guess is that the Marlins are demanding Diamond, who has a higher ceiling than Danks and could project as a #2 starter.

Both pitchers had lackluster years after being bumped up to Double A.

This may signal a widespread salary dump for the Marlins.  We've all heard the rumors around Carlos Delgado, Paul LoDuca, and Juan Pierre.  One name I haven't heard much is Luis Castillo.  You have to figure Castillo is on the market as well with a weak 2B free agent class.   

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I'd give all that up for Beckett alone, nevermind Lowell. Though I do believe that Lowell will outproduce Blalock next year. Yes I said that. Just take a look at Blalock away from home. Not too funny. Texas gets their ace and a 3B who will have this trade pushing him to have a comeback of the year type performance next yer.

This would be a steal for the Rangers...

The one Marlin I want more than any other has to be Cabrera, but I haven't heard anything about him going anywhere.

Boston now jumps into the picture for Burnett.

http://sports.espn.go.com/mlb/news/story?id=2229919

Excuse me, I meant Beckett.

I know many would disagree, and I know a lot of it has to do with money, but I don't understand all these deals involving Josh Beckett and Carlos Delgado for "prospects."

Do we really know what some of these "top prospects" really can do? Sure they can tear up Double-A and Triple-A, but there is a big difference between that and the Major Leagues. I don't know about anyone else, but I'd rather send a proven commodity like Josh Beckett out to the mound than some "prospect" who has never set foot on a MLB Diamond.

From what I can see, Hank Blalock is all we are getting in return for a former All-Star 3B and an "Ace" pitcher.

Marlins fans, welcome to the ERA of Jeremy Hermedia, Jason Stokes, and Josh Willingham, because it looks like the days of Carlos Delgado, Mike Lowell, Josh Beckett, Paul LoDuca, and Juan Pierre are long gone!

Brian - I agree Blalock will suck in Pro Player, but I don't buy a Lowell comeback. He'll still suck, he showed zero signs of life in '05.

David, everyone would rather send proven guys out there. But at some point you have to get cheap and let the kids play. Besides, I wouldn't be lamenting the loss of Lowell, LoDuca, or Pierre.

I'm hearing that if this deal goes down with the Rangers, Blalock will then be moved to a 3rd team. Early rumors are the White Sox to play 1B, and the Red Sox to play 3B. Just some whispers. We'll see though.

Sounds legit, Rich - I think Kenny Williams will be very active on the trade market this offseason.

why is Beckett considered an ace? Potential? when has he proved he was an ace? the only time he pitched like an ace was the 2003 playoffs. Its like us Cubs fans saying Kerry Wood is an ace. No way he is either. To be an ace you have to have winning year after winning year, pedro martinez, randy johnson, curt schilling, johan santana, john smoltz, these guys are aces....

Kerry Wood is a good comp for Beckett. Big difference is that Beckett's injuries have been minor in comparison. He hasn't reached ace status, but he'll still get that title if he joins the tattered Texas rotation. Doesn't hurt that he's from TX, either.

Would be entertaining if the Rangers snagged Wood too.

The reason the Marlins are doing this is NO MONEY. The only way to get rid of Lowell 9 milion dollar contract is to throw in Beckett. Beckett is Burnet twin the have great stuff but always injured. This was Beckett first year with more than 10 wins. I love Beckett but I understand why the Marlins are doing this. I am 1 of 10 season ticket holders. Beckett will get lit up in Ameriquest field but he will be fine in alway games.Lowell will never be worth the 9 million the RANGERS are going to pay him with Nevin 10 million and Soriano predicted 10 million will become the singlest OVERPAID infeild ever but the Rangers should enjoy Beckett for 2 years before he flees to the Yankees/Red Soxs.

As a White Sox fan I am worried about them getting involved with the Fish. They dealt a pitcher with a ridiculously high ceiling for Blalock. So if they were to spin him to the White Sox they would obviously ask for one of the Sox' SP. Hopefully Kenny Williams understands he needs to keep Buehrle, Garland, Garcia, Contreras, and McCarthy intact, unless it's for an Adam Dunn caliber player.

Perhaps Williams has designs to unload Joe Crede, but I don't see a great fit for Blalock. He's never played first in the big leagues.

I know the Marlins are interested in Brandon McCarthy, and that would be a bad deal for the Sox.

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