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Josh Beckett was almost traded to the Rangers instead of the Red Sox

Aug 26, 2011, 11:19 AM EDT

Josh Beckett - All-Star Reuters

Josh Beckett and Mike Lowell were traded to the Red Sox in a November of 2005 blockbuster deal that included then-prospects Hanley Ramirez and Anibal Sanchez going to the Marlins, but Rob Bradford of has an interesting article about how Beckett and Lowell were nearly dealt to the Rangers instead.

According to Bradford the Rangers offered Hank Blalock, who at the time was 24 years old and coming off three straight 25-homers seasons, plus then-prospect John Danks. Blalock eventually flamed out, while Danks was traded to the White Sox and has developed into one of the better left-handed starters in baseball.

Beckett recalled the Rangers’ interest and the Texas native would have been happy with that trade, but told Bradford that he was even more excited to play for the Red Sox:

I just remember I called Mike Lowell immediately after I heard from John Henry and we were talking about how cool it would be to go to Fenway every day. I remember that call to Mikey Lowell. We were like little kids. We were giddy.

In retrospect it’s a rare blockbuster that has worked out well for both sides. Beckett has thrown 1,082 innings with a 4.01 ERA for the Red Sox and Lowell hit .290 with an .814 OPS in five seasons for Boston, winning a World Series together in 2007. On the other hand, Ramirez developed into one of the best shortstops in baseball for the Marlins and Sanchez has thrown 636 innings with a 3.80 ERA in Florida.

  1. veryindifferent - Aug 26, 2011 at 11:23 AM

    Don’t tell Josh Beckett, but he’s not the only player to ever be excited about being traded to Boston.

    • Ari Collins - Aug 26, 2011 at 12:42 PM

      What an ass Beckett is, acting like no-one else has ever been excited to be traded to Boston.

      • mornelithe - Aug 26, 2011 at 2:19 PM

        Are you two reading something I’m not? No offense, but in either article, I see no mention of them discussing any other player, being asked about any other player, or even any other players being alluded too.

        Get a grip, seriously. Oh my god, 2 people are excited to play for the Red Sox. Those b@stards! That’s not allowed! What the hell…?

  2. Chris Fiorentino - Aug 26, 2011 at 11:29 AM

    How do they write an article about this trade without including that it happened during the 3 month period that Theo Epstein was not involved with the organization…wasn’t that what happened? They made the trade while Theo was gone, because he would never have traded Hanley?

    • churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - Aug 26, 2011 at 11:58 AM

      Because it’s WEEI, they make the ESPNNY guys (Wallace Matthews, Ian O’Connor, Rob Parker) seem like mensa members.

    • Mark Armour - Aug 26, 2011 at 1:21 PM

      During those three months, the team was being run by two guys who were/are Theo’s best friends and confidants, and when Theo returned he said he loved the trade. The meme that he would not have approved the trade was made up by a Boston writer later, but there is no reason to believe that those three months were anything other than business as usual for the team.

    • bigharold - Aug 26, 2011 at 2:59 PM

      “How do they write an article about this trade without including that it happened during the 3 month period that Theo Epstein was not involved with the organization…”

      Because then they might have to mention the gorilla suit and WEEI is a Boston radio station?

      Nothing says class and dignity like skulking off in the night in a gorilla costume!

  3. thekingdave - Aug 26, 2011 at 12:48 PM

    This was common knowledge back when the trade went down. Thomas Diamond or John Danks plus Hank Blalock.

    • churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - Aug 26, 2011 at 1:27 PM

      Whatever happened to Diamond? Wasn’t the three big prospects DVD [Danks, Volquez, Diamond?] for the Rangers then?

  4. mikedi33 - Aug 26, 2011 at 1:16 PM

    If I recall right Theo had offered Hanley to the Phillies at the deadline that year for Billy Wagner.

  5. patsandsox - Aug 26, 2011 at 4:08 PM

    Why does he keep a gorilla suit in his office anyhow? In case Rex Ryan stops bye? just curious

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