From the South Florida Sun-Sentinel:
Even the Marlins’ oft-proclaimed organizational philosophy of putting a premium on pitching doesn’t appear impermeable to their fiscal realities.
Desperate to rid themselves of Mike Lowell and the $18 million left on his contract, the Marlins are entertaining trade scenarios in which they’d attach him to one of their two best starting pitchers. The Marlins are listening to offers for 2003 World Series MVP Josh Beckett as long as the shopper drops Lowell into the cart as well.
The Texas Rangers are among the teams with whom the Marlins have discussed such a deal, but according to a league source familiar with the talks, nothing is imminent. Other clubs open to a Lowell-Beckett package are the Red Sox and Tigers. The Angels, Dodgers, Yankees, Phillies, Pirates and Giants could enter the bidding as well.
Josh Beckett is an immature punk. And, he’s not very durable – in none of his first 4 full big league seasons was he able to make 30 starts for the year. Still, for his age, he’s one of the better young starting pitchers in the N.L. (over the last 3 years).
Mike Lowell is toast. For the three seasons prior to 2005, he was an All-Star type player. Last year, he was almost Rey Sanchez-like with the bat. He’s not old – yet, he fell off a cliff with the stick. Why? I’m not sure – maybe because they started PED testing last year? Heck, it could be anything.
Nonetheless, if the Yankees have a shot at getting Beckett, even if it means eating Lowell, say, in exchange for Carl Pavano, an average prospect, and cash, then I think they should go for it.
You can always use Lowell as the back-up 1B and DH.
And, if it means keeping Beckett away from the Red Sox, then it’s even better. At the least, if the Marlins are dangling this package, the Yankees owe it to themselves to get in on the action – and try – rather than just let the other teams chase this one down without worrying about New York.