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From Lee Sinins' Around the Majors report today:

According to reports from both Miami and Texas, the Marlins could be close to trading P Josh Beckett and 3B Mike Lowell to the Rangers for 3B Hank Blalock and a top pitching prospect, either John Danks or Thomas Diamond. The holdup to the deal is the Rangers reluctance to deal the prospects.

I about fell off my chair when I read this.

Beckett and Blalock? Those are two MAJOR talents. This is what used to be called a "challenge" trade -- i.e. the teams involved trade players they know they might miss, with the possibility of even bigger upside. The Rangers need pitching, and Beckett could give them a #1 guy. They lose some offense in Blalock, and take the chance that Lowell will come back.

This is what the Cubs could do in trading for Ichiro. Yes, it will involve trading major league players. You're not going to make a Pie-and-Nolasco-and-other-miscellaneous-minor-leaguers for Ichiro deal. It might take Kerry Wood, Corey Patterson, and a couple of others, plus paying all of Ichiro's salary and part of Wood's.

(That's not saying that would do it, only providing an example of a starting point for negotiations.)

If I'm Jim Hendry, if I see that Marlins/Rangers deal go down, I'm on the phone to the 206 area code post haste. Take a chance. Be bold.

Also today, I've got some photos taken by David last Thursday night -- a different sort of perspective on the construction projects at the ballpark.

Top: Two views of work being done underneath the right field upper deck

Middle: Work materials stacked up behind the main entrance at Clark & Addison; view down Sheffield of the bleacher project

Bottom: Too early to line up for day-of-game tickets?

Photos by David Sameshima

(as always, click on photos to view full-size in new browser window; if you are using IE, you may have to click the lower-right corner of the image to expand it to its full size; in Firefox click anywhere on the image.)