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DMN: Beckett trade to be announced Monday

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The DMN is reporting that the Beckett/Blalock trade is on the verge of being completed.

Danks and Blalock to the Marlins for Beckett and Lowell.

I don't really like it, but I can understand why the deal -- if it goes through -- is being made.

Update [2005-11-20 0:23:3 by Adam J. Morris]: -- Well, the DMN is backpeddling, as the first part of the story linked above has now changed:

The Rangers could be on the verge of acquiring the pitching ace they've long desired.

Major league sources confirmed Saturday that the Rangers were in serious talks with Florida about right-hander Josh Beckett, the 2003 World Series MVP. The talks were serious enough that the Rangers were willing to include third baseman Hank Blalock, once considered untouchable, in the proposed deal.

According to one Rangers source, a four-player deal could be completed as early as today ? if the Rangers include left-hander John Danks, the team's No. 1 draft choice in 2003. The Rangers would also receive third baseman Mike Lowell. The Rangers are wrestling with parting with Danks.

So we've gone from Grant and Wills saying that the deal will go down, to where we were this morning -- that the deal will go down if the Rangers give up Danks.