Coming Out of Left Field

Tuesday, November 22, 2005

Sox stuff

Nothing's official yet, but it looks like Josh Beckett and Mike Lowell might be joining the Red Sox. If the deal with the Marlins goes through, Beckett would be a pretty good acquisition. At 25, he's younger than Matt Clement and Bronson Arroyo, and his win-loss record last year (15-8) was better than Arroyo's (14-10) and comparable to Clement's (13-6). Schilling, Wakefield and Wells (assuming he stays) aren't getting any younger, so it'd be nice to have an under-30 ace on the roster.

I'm not so sure how adding Mike Lowell would help the Sox. Bill Mueller plays a pretty good third base, and though he didn't win the batting-average title last year, he still hit better (.295, 10 HR, 62 RBI to Lowell's .236, 8 HR, 58 RBI). But getting rid of Lowell -- specifically, getting rid of the $9 million he would make each of the next two seasons -- would help the Marlins' bottom line.

Meanwhile, the always hilarious Call of the Green Monster reports that the Red Sox front office staff is already fighting over who deserves credit for the deal.

Technorati: , ,

Comments: Post a Comment