They just might. Ken Rosenthal of FoxSports.com reported on Wednesday that the Red Sox have called around to gauge what kind of interest there is in Crawford out on the trade market. Specifically, rumor has it that they reached out to the Miami Marlins and the Los Angeles Dodgers.
Then came a report from Bob Nightengale of USA Today that the Red Sox and Marlins went so far as to discuss a trade that would have sent Crawford to Miami for Hanley Ramirez and Heath Bell.
That report was ultimately shot down by ESPN's Buster Olney, but by then it was too late. The Internet was already abuzz.
And let's face it. Where there's this much smoke, there's usually fire. It's not out of the question that the Red Sox truly are considering trading their high-priced left fielder.
My gut (and common sense) tell me that Crawford is not going to be traded. Not at any point in the next two weeks, anyway. This just isn't a good time for the Red Sox to part ways with Crawford, for a variety of different reasons.
But let's say Crawford is traded before MLB's July 31 trade deadline. What then?
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