Although we typically hate to post Red Sox news on the site, this is too big to ignore. In a move that shifts the balance of power in the AL East, Buster Olney is reporting that the Red Sox have obtained Hanley Ramirez from the Marlins for Michael Bowden, Daniel Bard, and Jed Lowrie. The NY Post and Jon Heyman have confirmed that a deal has gone down, although they both say that Bard may not be in the trade, with Manny Delcarmen being the alternative. Ramirez is a former member of the Sox, as he went to Florida in the Josh Beckett deal. The return for the Marlins seems a bit thin, as none of the players projects to be a star, although Lowrie and Bowden have high probabilities of being solid MLB players. A deal of Hughes, Melancon, and Romine would certainly have been superior, with more high end talent and only slightly less probability. However, the Marlins typically do well on these deals, so it is hard to question the prospects that they selected. Maybe they see more upside in Lowrie or Bowden, or see Bard as a closer.
Apparently this deal has been in the offing for a while, with the talks beginning shortly following the breakdown of the Mark Teixeira negotiations. While there is no word as to the involvement of other teams, you have to assume that the Yankees were involved in some way here, and failed to ante up for a player who could have solved their issue at SS or in CF. BP has already evaluated the new Red Sox lineup, and reached the conclusion that Boston is now likely to win 101 games, with the Yankees coming in at 96. While this does not mean that the Yankees have no chance to win the division, it does establish Boston as the clear favorites in the AL East. The Yankees may just have to set their sights a bit lower, focusing on battling with the Rays for the wild card.
What do you think about this deal? Was it fair? Should the Yankees have offered Hughes, Melancon, and Romine to trump Boston’s offer? Do you think this is another instances of Cashman being asleep at the wheel while the Sox obtain young talent? Should you have realized that this is just an April Fools joke?
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