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November 21, 2005 at 8:07 PM

Red Sox deal for Josh Beckett

ESPN is reporting that the Red Sox have agreed in principle to trade prospects Hanley Ramirez, Anibal Sanchez, and a player to be named later to the Florida Marlins in exchange for ace pitcher Josh Beckett and third baseman Mike Lowell. While the deal is complete (pending physicals), an official announcement is not immediately expected. The PTBNL is said to be a mid-level pitching prospect, with some reports citing the player as reliever Jesus Delgado. Beckett, the former World Series MVP, figures to be slotted at the top of Boston's rotation along with Curt Schilling. Gold-Glove third-baseman Mike Lowell, who had an off year at the plate in 2005, would likely start at 3B for Boston in 2006, but also could see some time at 1B. There is also some speculation that Lowell could be spun to the Twins for some bullpen help.