On Wednesday, reports came out that the Marlins and Red Sox were discussing a deal that involved Hanley Ramirez and Heath Bell in exchange for a package including Carl Crawford. Such a deal, which involves over $250 million in contracts, would be the second largest in major league history (second only to the deal that sent Alex Rodriguez to New York).
However, Buster Olney said on Wednesday night that talks had fizzled quickly. But trade discussions of equivalent proportions may pick up in the coming days. With the current instability of the Marlins’ performance, an unloading of salaries at the trade deadline may be for the better.
Both Bell and Ramirez have had issues of poor chemistry with the team, and it should not shock anyone if either of the two are traded. Since 2010, talks of trading Hanley Ramirez have come bi-annually as his performance has gone downhill.
Ramirez began his career in Boston, but was traded to Miami following the 2005 season. Since then, the Red Sox have frequently inquired about regaining Hanley, but have been denied by the Marlins’ front office. However, now may be the right time for Miami and Ramirez to part ways.