Monday, November 21, 2005

BLOCKBUSTER: Sox Acquire Beckett, Lowell

According to Peter Gammons tonight on Sportscenter, and a story on ESPN.com, Red Sox on verge of acquiring Beckett, Lowell, the Boston Red Sox look to be just a few mineut numbers away from acquiring the young flamethrower and third baseman. According to the story, the Sox and Marlins have come to a tentative agreement that would send Josh Beckett and Mike Lowell to the Red Sox for prospect Hanley Ramirez, Anibel Sanchez, and another pitching prospect. According to the story:

"The deal is contingent on the finalization of paperwork and all players passing physicals, sources outside the Red Sox organization have told ESPN's Peter Gammons. An official announcement is not expected for a day or two, which leaves open the possibility that it could still fall apart, Gammons said on SportsCenter."
According to the story, only some "last-minute haggling over some numbers" is what is holding up the deal. The Marlins will also pay some cash to the Sox to off-set the 18 million that is owed to Lowell over the next two seasons.

My take? I like it. I like it a lot. Like I said a few days ago, the Sox need a guy like this. They need a stopper, they need a guy that can come in and guarantee a solid outing every fifth day, especially an outing that will more than likely wind up being a W.

Now Lowell won't be playing third for the Sox. I think they'll try him at first, and still try to pursue someone else to play third, or have Youkilis or re-sign Billy Mueller. Jesus I wish they'd bring back Mueller, but it doesn't look like it is going to happen at this point. They are going to lose a stud at the corner infield position if they let him go. He should have gotten more recognition than he did for his play at third base this year. He wasn't even voted for by one writer when it came to gold gloves. Unbelievable.

Looks like the guys in charge of the front office now are doing their job pretty well. This is a solid addition for the Sox, and finally a little good news out of the Sox' camp this off-season. Hope to hear more of it in the months to come leading up to the season.