Josh Beckett - The next great thing at Fenway?
ESPN reports the Sox will send shortstop Hanley Ramirez and a couple of minor leaguers to Florida for starter Josh Beckett and third baseman Mike Lowell.
Seat 21: This is huge.
Sox1Fan: THIS IS A MISTAKE:
... [Beckett] has been placed o the DL on seven separate occasions IN THE LAST FOUR YEARS! Yikes! He has won more than ten games a grand total of ONCE in his career (15 W in 2005)â€¦ he has NEVER pitched 200 innings in one seasonâ€¦ and he hasnâ€™t averaged a strikeout per inning pitched since 2003. Furthermore, and most disturbing, his pitching splits are VERY problematic: 10-2, 2.47 at pitcher-friendly Pro Player Stadium and 5-6, 4.31 on the road â€”- in the National League (tantamount to 4-A ball)! ...
Freddy acknowledges that, but says:
... In exchange (for hot prospect Ramirez) they receive a player who if nothing else should provide more offense than Kevin Millar last year and a pitcher who may be on the verge of breaking loose as a star. I need to think more on this but for now, I like this deal a LOT.