Open Thread: Josh Beckett lands in Fenway after all
November 22, 2005 5 Comments
I want to try something new. Instead of my analysis of the Josh Beckett trade, I want to start an open thread on the move. I know a lot of you read this blog, and a lot of you always seem to have interesting and insightful things to say about what we write here. So let’s hear from you. Leave your comments and start some dialogue.
Here’s the trade in a nutshell: Josh Beckett and Mike Lowell go from Florida to Boston. Prospects Anibal Sanchez, Hanley Ramirez, and another pitching prospect go from Boston to Florida.
I think this trade is very ambiguous. Beckett has shown good stuff and threw 442 pitches over 95 miles per hour last year (or nearly 16 percent of all his pitches). He utterly dominated the Cubs and Yankees in 2003. But he’s had blister problems for years. An oblique muscle strain sidelined him in 2005.
For years, he has pitched in an extreme pitcher’s park in the National League. He’ll be moving to the hitter-friendly confines of the American League and will now have to face the AL’s Designated Hitters instead of the NL’s pitchers. His success in Boston is no sure thing but neither is his failure.
Lowell, long one of the league’s better hitting third baseman, had an awful year last year and, as a right-handed power hitter, stands to benefit from Fenway. He could be the steal of this deal.
Sanchez is supposedly 21 with a live arm. He’s averaged about 10 strike outs per 9 innings in the minors to go along with just 9.24 baserunners per 9 innings (or 1 an inning). He’s probably the Red Sox’s number 3 prospect. Ramirez, also 21, had a down year at AA but remains one of Boston’s top 5 prospects.
So what do you think? Is this a good deal for Boston? Will they enjoy dominance from Beckett or disappointment? Let’s hear it.