Hanley In Boston? The Red Sox Pray.

Ty JacksonContributor IJanuary 3, 2009

The Boston Red Sox have reportedly been shopping prospects like Clay Buchholz, Jacoby Ellsbury, as well as others to the Florida Marlins for shortstop stud Hanley Ramiriz. The Red Sox see Ramirez as an outfielder while Jed Lowrie would play shortstop.

Although Ellsbury was a 2007 postseason phenomenon and third in 2008 rookie of the year voting, and Buchholz is famous for his no-no, I do not see this happening.

The Marlins may have made bad trades in the past but seem to see themselves as possible contenders for a Rays-esque turnaround. Hanley was recently given a long term contract and is highly valued as one of the top shortstops in the league and Jacoby and Clay are still unproven.

On the other hand, if the Red Sox unloaded a treasure chest of prospects, the Marlins could be enticed by the level of young talent on the table. However, based on Epstein's track record, such an offer is unlikely.

I belive the Red Sox shouldn't be wasting their time with offers that out of reach. They should focus on getting a young catcher like Jarrod Saltalamacchia or a fourth outfielder.

If a deal like Masterson and/or Bard for Salty, or Masterson and/or Bard for Miguel Montero and Eric Byrnes went through that would be a move to launch the Red Sox to another level.