MLB Trade Rumors: The Red Sox Are Making a Mistake by Shopping Carl Crawford

Tom FitzContributor IIIJuly 18, 2012

BOSTON, MA - JULY 16:  Carl Crawford #13 scores a run in the first inning against the Chicago White Sox at Fenway Park July 16, 2012  in Boston, Massachusetts.  (Photo by Jim Rogash/Getty Images)
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According to a report by Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports, “The Boston Red Sox are contacting teams to gauge their trade interest in Crawford, according to major-league sources.”

Rosenthal speculates the deal could be something like this:

Left fielder Carl Crawford to the Miami Marlins for either shortstop Jose Reyes or third baseman Hanley Ramirez, with other pieces and significant cash involved.

First of all, a blockbuster of this magnitude will almost certainly not happen—which brings us back to Crawford.

Can’t we just leave this guy alone?

Crawford has earned the ire of fans by signing a seven-year, $142 million contract with Boston while producing very little. But most of his production problems are the result of injury.

He is finally back, and producing, in the Red Sox lineup. He looks healthy and rejuvenated. His elbow may be a concern, but he has looked fine in his first two games back.

In those two games, he is hitting .571, with four runs scored and three stolen bases.

Obviously it is an extremely small sample size, but the three stolen bases and four runs scored are exactly the type of numbers that should have Red Sox fans excited.

The fact the Red Sox are shopping Crawford could just be another blow to his psyche.

Last October, Owner John Henry said he was “personally opposed” to signing Crawford. (h/t USA Today

Imagine what Crawford must be thinking. The owner stated he did not want him, and now it appears GM Ben Cherington is actively shopping him. 

If the Red Sox want to get production out of Crawford, perhaps it is time they got his back instead of feeding him to the wolves. 

If the Red Sox have been one thing this year, it has been dramatic. 

But with the drama came the promise this team could make a serious run at the playoffs when they got healthy. The Red Sox finally got Crawford and Jacoby Ellsbury back in the lineup, and both have looked great. 

Now the rumors have started. 

The timing of this report by Rosenthal could not have come at a worse time. Crawford is finally back in the lineup only to hear rumors he is on the trading block. 

In addition, shortstop is a position of organizational strength for the Red Sox. Receiving Reyes or Ramirez in return does not make a lot of sense for the them.

The damage has been done even if this rumor turns out to be false.

In a seperate report by USA Today's Bob Nightengale:

The Miami Marlins have approached the Boston Red Sox about a blockbuster trade that would send left fielder Carl Crawford and a prospect to South Florida for infielder Hanley Ramirez and closer Heath Bell

But Buster Olney of ESPN tweeted:


Sources:There is no current discussion involving Crawford and Hanley Ramirez/Heath Bell. Was brought up briefly as concept,immediately died.

— Buster Olney (@Buster_ESPN) July 18, 2012


Buckle up Red Sox fans. The Red Sox have been a drama laden team all season—but as scary as it may sound, we may have just scratched the surface of what that drama could be.