The reviews of Boston's acquisition of Josh Beckett have generally been pretty positive, but there are a few naysayers out there...
I don't know what the Red Sox are doing. Really, I don't. Unless they're 1) absolutely convinced that Mike Lowell's 2005 performance was essentially a fluke, and 2) absolutely convinced they can solve Josh Beckett's blister problems, this deal just doesn't make a whole lot of sense.
Looking at the last three seasons:
- Fenway Park was the third-friendliest ballpark in the American League for hitters.
- Dolphin Stadium was the third-friendliest ballpark in the National League for pitchers.
The Boston Herald is reporting, meanwhile, that the trade still hasn't been finalized:
A deal is still more likely than not, but the trade of starter Josh Beckett and third baseman Mike Lowell from the Marlins to the Red Sox in exchange for three prospects was still in the process of being finalized last night.
A 6 p.m. deadline tonight looms as the cut-off time for the 72-hour window the teams agreed upon when the deal was first tentatively struck on Monday. Since then, the Red Sox have been poring over Beckett's medical records, focusing on the shoulder stiffness and tendinitis problem he experienced in September that led to a pair of MRIs in October.
The well-known blister problems on Beckett's right middle finger that have landed him on the disabled list six times in his career are not thought to be an issue at this time.
My gut reaction is that this is probably just Boston making sure they do their due diligence, combined with the Boston media's incessant need to engage in pot-stirring. I'd be shocked if this deal didn't go through under the original terms...