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Report: Beckett, Lowell to Rangers for Blalock, pitcher

Posted: Saturday November 19, 2005 7:24PM; Updated: Saturday November 19, 2005 8:02PM
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Josh Beckett had his best season in 2005, going 15-8 with a 3.38 ERA in 29 starts.
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Palm Beach, Fla. (Ticker) -- Josh Beckett, the 2003 World Series MVP, could be on his way to the Texas Rangers, according to a report in Saturday's Palm Beach Post.

According to the report, the Marlins would send Beckett and and third baseman Mike Lowell to the Texas Rangers for third baseman Hank Blalock and a pitching prospect, either John Danks, a 2003 first-round pick, or Thomas Diamond, the club's top pick the following season.

However, the paper says the Rangers are reluctant to include a pitcher in the deal.

Florida is parting ways with free agent A.J. Burnett and a trade of Beckett would leave Dontrelle Willis as the lone building block in the Marlins' rotation. Center fielder Juan Pierre and catcher Paul Lo Duca also are on the trade block.

Beckett, one of the top pitchers in the game when healthy, has been bothered by injuries -- primarily blisters -- throughout his career. He was 15-8 with a 3.38 ERA in 29 starts this year, but is best known for his shutout in the Game 6 of the 2003 World Series against the New York Yankees which clinched the title for the Marlins. Beckett made $2.4 million in 2005.

Lowell, a three-time All-Star who hit .277 with 135 homers in 5 1/2 seasons with the Marlins entering 2005, hit just .236 with eight homers and 58 RBIs in 150 games this past season. The 31-year-old is owed $18 million over the next two years.

Blalock, the MVP of the 2003 All-Star Game who will turn 25 on Monday, is owed $13.5 million over the next three years. He hit .263 with 25 homers and 92 RBI last season.

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