Red Sox fans are hoping Josh Beckett brings the same dominance to Boston that Pedro Martinez did eight years ago.
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Josh Beckett stands to become the Red Sox' most significant trade for a young, cornerstone-caliber player since the club acquired Pedro Martínez eight years ago. Beckett does come with some injury issues. He's dealt with recurrent blisters on his right middle finger for several years. A more pressing matter, though, is an unspecified issue with his right shoulder. According to a recent story, Beckett needed 20 pitches to warm up before every inning over the last six weeks of the season and underwent two MRIs after the season. -- Boston Globe
Angels owner Arte Moreno, increasingly frustrated by his year-old legal battle with Anaheim, says relocating the team is a possibility if case reaches appeals court. -- Los Angeles Times
The Marlins originally wanted Double A left-hander Jon Lester in place of Anibal Sanchez but tentatively agreed to the Josh Beckett deal when Boston threw in another pitcher, Jesus Delgado. -- Miami Herald
The Rangers are now likely to hold on to Hank Blalock. General manager Jon Daniels said it had never been his intention to trade the third baseman, who turned 25 on Monday. He emphasized that he never shopped him and that the proposed Marlins deal arose from both teams' mutual needs. Daniels called Blalock on Sunday night to inform him about the trade possibility and again Monday to let him know the deal fell through. -- Dallas Morning News
Trades talks involving pitcher Javier Vazquez have been heating up and the Diamondbacks are close to facilitating the right-hander's request to be dealt to a club closer to the East Coast. Vazquez has submitted to the Diamondbacks his list of the six teams to which he would nix a trade, and according to industry sources and media reports, Philadelphia, Texas, Colorado and Seattle are on the list. -- Arizona Republic
Marlins catcher Paul Lo Duca, whom the Diamondbacks tried to acquire two years ago when Randy Johnson almost was dealt to the Dodgers, has said he would be interested in playing for Arizona and trade talks might be in the works. -- Arizona Republic