Shades of ’03! Marlins should consider Beckett
MIAMI — Young team coming together that is dreaming the big dream.
Sound familiar, South Florida?
It should. The youthful Marlins of 2014 have some similarities to the miracle Marlins of 2003. The team, which in the words of Juan Pierre, “shocked the world!”
Monday’s 7-6 comeback win, after trailing by six, was the team’s most impressive late-rally since the ’03 squad came back from 9-2 down at Boston.
The Marlins of ’14 have been a stunning surprise, reaching the .500 mark (53-53) after losing 100 a year ago.
Hopeful of making a push that would “shock the world” once more, the Marlins’ front office is in full buyer mode as Thursday’s non-waiver Trade Deadline approaches.
Miami has put its name in the hat for Boston’s Jon Lester. If the asking price is too high (which is obviously is), there may not be a fit for Lester in Miami. Lester for Christian Yelich? No thanks.
However, if Lester goes out West to the Dodgers, then other potential trade chips may surface.
Say Lester does go to the Dodgers, what’s next for Miami? Why not make a pitch for one of the greatest names in Marlins’ history?
The Marlins should at least give consideration to returning Josh Beckett to the place where he was the World Series MVP 11 seasons ago.
Lester’s arrival could mean the Dodgers don’t have room for Beckett in their rotation. If that’s the case, Beckett could be a natural to help Miami attempt another improbable run.
Becket is a former teammate of Miami manager Mike Redmond. Beckett still has an affection for the Marlins, the team that made him the No. 2 overall pick in 1999.
Clearly not the overpowering right-hander he was at age 23 in ’03, but at 34, Beckett knows how to pitch. Let’s not forget, he no-hit the Phillies earlier in the season. He’s not throwing 95-plus any more, but he has become a crafty pitcher. The fierce competitor is still there, and he has had success pitching more off his breaking ball.
Beckett would be a good influence on a young rotation that would certainly benefit by the presence of a proven veteran.
Beckett has publicly said he isn’t sure if 2014 will be his final season. If it is, why not let the two-time World Series champion go out playing for the organization where it all started?
— Joe Frisaro