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Red Sox agree to deal for Beckett

BOSTON — The Red Sox and Marlins reached a preliminary agreement Monday night on a trade that would send Florida ace Josh Beckett and third baseman Mike Lowell to Boston for three prospects.

The Marlins would get touted shortstop Hanley Ramirez and minor league pitchers Anibal Sanchez and Jesus Delgado in the deal, which was pending physicals, according to a baseball official who requested anonymity because the trade was yet to be finalized.

The Red Sox are doing business without a general manager after Theo Epstein's departure at the end of last month.

Beckett was the MVP of Florida's 2003 World Series win over the New York Yankees and went 15-8 with a 3.38 ERA last season, when he had problems with his shoulder and recurring blisters on his right middle finger. Lowell slumped to .236 with eight homers and 58 RBIs last season.