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Marlins seeking more for Beckett?

November 21

Miami Herald (registration required): "The Texas Rangers are one club that has agreed to take Lowell in order to obtain Beckett, offering third baseman Hank Blalock and one of two pitching prospects -- either John Danks or Thomas Diamond -- that the Marlins were demanding... The Boston Red Sox and Detroit Tigers have also shown interest in Beckett, who won 15 games last season for the Marlins and was the MVP of the 2003 World Series."

 

 

What does detriot have that we might want back? Bonderman, Verlander?

 

 

Several teams pursuing Beckett

November 21

Palm Beach Post: "The Texas Rangers remained optimistic Sunday that pitcher Josh Beckett would anchor their starting rotation next season. But a baseball source with knowledge of the negotiations said the Marlins won't trade their 2003 World Series hero without receiving a top pitching prospect from Texas."

 

Blah blah blah

 

Rangers sweeten the deal for Beckett

November 21

Dallas Morning News (registration required): " While the Rangers, according to a club source, inched forward Sunday and agreed to include one of their top two pitching prospects along with third baseman Hank Blalock in a deal for Beckett and Mike Lowell, the Marlins were also considering an offer from Boston."

 

Yuck and blah once more

 

Texas may lead Sox in race for Beckett

November 21

Boston Herald: "A potentially eventful week began with the Red Sox continuing trade discussions with the Florida Marlins yesterday. But if the Sox are to acquire right-hander Josh Beckett in the coming days, the Texas Rangers might be their greatest obstacle. "

 

I hate texas, has anything good ever come from there?

 

Wagner to visit Mets; Fish may cut bait on Delgado

November 21

Newsday: "The Mets get their first opportunity to host Billy Wagner today when the free-agent closer visits New York, but general manager Omar Minaya's offseason strategy seems to be all about second chances. Not only is Minaya anxious to make another play for Red Sox slugger Manny Ramirez, whom he has tried to acquire numerous times during the past year, but the GM also is trying again for Carlos Delgado and Luis Castillo, too."

 

Hate the mets, did I mention how much I hate the mets?

 

 

 

There is your daily clippings of rumors and all. I am sure someone will post the articles up all over and stuff.

 

PS, I hate the mets

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Ft. Worth Star-Telegram

Posted on Mon, Nov. 21, 2005

Beckett deal could be done

RANGERS

By T.R. SULLIVAN

Star-Telegram Staff WriteR

 

ARLINGTON -- The Rangers have agreed to include either John Danks or Thomas Diamond in a trade for Josh Beckett, according to major league officials.

 

They are waiting to hear from the Florida Marlins if that will be enough to complete the deal or if the Boston Red Sox have made a better offer.

 

There is a possibility that the deal could be resolved today, although it's likely that Beckett would have to pass a physical before any trade becomes official.

 

The main focus of the trade continues to be the Rangers acquiring Beckett and third baseman Mike Lowell for third baseman Hank Blalock and young pitching.

 

The Rangers had been reluctant to give up Danks or Diamond. But, realizing this could be their best chance at a No. 1 starter, they told the Marlins on Sunday they were willing to include one.

 

Rangers officials also made it clear this was the best offer they're going to make. One problem is Florida owner Jeffrey Loria is traveling in Italy and has to sign off on any deal.

 

The Red Sox were offering minor league shortstop Hanley Ramirez and a pitcher, but the Rangers felt they had the better offer. If the Red Sox, who are still without a general manager, increase their offer, that could leave the Rangers empty-handed.

 

Acquiring Beckett would be the Rangers' first step toward improving a pitching staff that was 12th in the league with a 4.96 ERA in 2005.

 

The Rangers will likely try to add at least one more starting pitcher and have expressed serious interest in free-agent right-handers Matt Morris and Paul Byrd.

 

Beckett, the MVP of the 2003 World Series, is a four-year arbitration-eligible player who will be under their control the next two seasons.

 

He was 15-8 with a 3.37 ERA last season. Since the start of the 2002 season, he is 39-32 with a 3.58 ERA and his 8.97 strikeouts per nine innings rank ninth in the majors.

 

Beckett's shoulder was a concern at the end of last season, but the recurring blisters on his right middle finger might be his biggest issue.

 

The Rangers seem more concerned about Lowell, who is owed $18 million over the next two seasons. He hit .236 with eight home runs and 58 RBI in 2005 but did win the National League Gold Glove award. Between 2000-04, Lowell batted .280 and averaged 24 home runs and 94 RBI per season.

 

Blalock is a two-time All-Star third baseman who batted .263 with 25 home runs and 92 RBI in 2005 and led the American League in fielding at his position.

 

He is scheduled to make $3 million next season, $4.75 million in 2007 and $5.9 million in 2008.

 

The deal adds more than $10 million to the Rangers' payroll, but they might trade second baseman Alfonso Soriano before next season. Soriano, also arbitration-eligible, is expected to make at least $10 million in 2006.

 

 

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T.R. Sullivan, (817) 390-7760 ksullivan@star-telegram.com [/email]

http://www.dfw.com/mld/dfw/sports/baseball/13223291.htm

 

 

 

New York Newsday

Wagner to visit Mets; Fish may cut bait on Delgado

BY DAVID LENNON

STAFF WRITER

 

November 21, 2005

 

The Mets get their first opportunity to host Billy Wagner today when the free-agent closer visits New York, but general manager Omar Minaya's offseason strategy seems to be all about second chances.

 

Not only is Minaya anxious to make another play for Red Sox slugger Manny Ramirez, whom he has tried to acquire numerous times during the past year, but the GM also is trying again for Carlos Delgado and Luis Castillo, too.

 

The Palm Beach Post reported yesterday that the Marlins could be on the verge of another fire sale, much like the payroll-slashing purge that immediately followed Florida's first world championship in 1997.

 

That means Delgado and Castillo - two players the Mets failed to sign as free agents - are on the block, and one American League official familiar with the talks said yesterday that the Mets are pushing hard for both.

 

As much as Minaya likes Ramirez, it would be less complicated to trade for Delgado, who is cheaper for the next three years at $48 million.

 

What Delgado would cost the Mets in prospects is uncertain. Rookie first baseman Mike Jacobs upped his value with 11 home runs in 100 at-bats toward the end of last season, but Florida would want at least one top prospect in addition to Jacobs, probably Yusmeiro Petit.

 

The Mets pursued Castillo in 2003 before he re-signed with the Marlins, then turned to Kaz Matsui, a decision that forced the ill-fated experiment of moving Jose Reyes to second base. Now that Reyes is back at shortstop and the injury-prone Matsui has struggled, the Mets are looking for another second baseman as well as trying to find a taker for Matsui's $8-million salary next season.

 

Matsui cleared waivers without a sniff from another team last season.

 

Although Matsui possesses a limited no-trade clause that allows him to be dealt only to the Yankees, Angels or Dodgers, the Mets believe he could be convinced otherwise, based on his disappointing two-year stay in Flushing. One team official indicated last season that the Mets would pick up half his salary to move him.

 

But many of Minaya's upcoming moves are linked to Wagner's decision, and for that reason, the Mets don't want those negotiations to drag on.

 

The club is expected to make an offer to Wagner during this two-day visit. His annual salary is sure to be at least $10 million, and the key could be adding a fourth year.

Copyright ? 2005, Newsday, Inc.

http://www.nynewsday.com/sports/baseball/n...eball-headlines

 

Boston Globe

Texas may lead Red Sox in race for pitcher Josh Beckett

By Tony Massarotti

Monday, November 21, 2005 - Updated: 06:39 AM EST

 

A potentially eventful week began with the Red Sox continuing trade discussions with the Florida Marlins yesterday. But if the Sox are to acquire right-hander Josh Beckett in the coming days, the Texas Rangers might be their greatest obstacle.

 

One day after word first leaked that the Marlins were having discussions with both the Red Sox and Rangers for Beckett and third baseman Mike Lowell, one major league executive said that he expected Beckett to be dealt to Texas. The Red Sox were most likely a fallback option, said the executive, suggesting that a package offered by the Rangers would be far more appealing.

 

According to baseball sources, the Rangers and Marlins have discussed a trade in which Texas would send Florida third baseman Hank Blalock and a top pitching prospect, perhaps left-hander John Danks. While the Sox might be able to match Danks with prized left-handed pitching prospect Jon Lester, they do not have an established player like Blalock to deal to the Marlins.

 

Blalock, who turns 25 today, has averaged 32 home runs and 97 RBI over the last three seasons. He has three years and $13.7 million remaining on a five-year, $15.25 million contract that will pay him $3 million in 2006, $4.75 million in ?07 and $5.95 million in ?08. His contract also calls for a club option in 2009.

 

At those salaries, Blalock is arguably one of the best bargains in baseball.

 

To date, discussions between the Sox and Marlins have centered on infield prospect Hanley Ramirez and either Lester or right-hander Anibal Sanchez. The Sox might be far more inclined to make the deal with Sanchez, but the Marlins undoubtedly prefer Lester.

 

Should the Sox fail to acquire Beckett, one of their other targets is right-hander A.J. Burnett, who also pitched for Florida this year. Burnett filed for free agency earlier this month and is expected to meet with the Sox this week before he cuts down his list of suitors to a workable number. Currently, as many as 8-10 teams are interested in Burnett, who is the best pitcher available in a shallow free agent pool.

 

The Sox, of course, also have the business of a general manager to tend to with both Jim Beattie and Jim Bowden expected in town for second interviews this week. The Sox have yet to announce when each will revisit with the team, and Beattie yesterday could not be reached for comment.

 

Also in the running for the Sox job could by Pittsburgh Pirates general manager Dave Littlefield, a New England native whose name has been mentioned in baseball circles for more than a week. Thus far, there has been no indication that the Sox have contacted the Pirates for permission to speak with Littlefield, though that could change at a moment?s notice.

 

In the wake of Theo Epstein?s departure, one possible scenario for the Sox is to have a tandem of executives. Because Beattie is unemployed and Bowden is essentially an interim hire with the Washington Nationals, either could work as an assistant or aide to the other. Either also could work for or with another executive like David Wilder, whom the Sox interviewed over the weekend.

 

Wilder, the first minority candidate interviewed by the club, is currently the director of player development for the Chicago White Sox.

 

http://redsox.bostonherald.com/redSox/view...rticleid=113213

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