What Could Hanley Cost The Red Sox?

Anthony EmersonAnalyst IJune 4, 2009

NEW YORK - MAY 31:  Hanley Ramirez #2  of the Florida Marlins in action against the New York Mets during their game on May 31, 2009 at Citi Field in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City.  (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)

Hanley Ramirez.

Red Sox fans remember him fondly. The No. 1 prospect in the Red Sox farm system, traded during General Manager Theo Epstien's brief hiatus along with Anibal Sanchez and some other prospects for Josh Beckett, Mike Lowell, and Guillermo Mota.

Beckett and Lowell have both had resounding impacts on the Red Sox, with Beckett being the runner up on the Cy Young Award ballot in 2007, and Lowell the World Series MVP that same year.

Recently, there have been some rumors about Hanley potentially returning to the Red Sox.

But that brings up one big question.

Who would the Sox give up?

Almost everyone within the Red Sox farm system is untouchable, but the Marlins will probably ask for Lars Anderson and/or Clay Bucholz plus a major leaguer, potentially Julio Lugo, J.D. Drew or Jed Lowrie. Despite the fact the Nick Green is tearing the field up with this season, he may not be good enough to get Hanley in a package deal with Bucholz and Anderson.

But with Green doing well, and the potential for Lowrie to come back very soon from that nagging wrist injury, do the Red Sox really need Hanley?

The answer is, no.

The trade would make the Marlins better in the long term and, the Red Sox weaker in the long term.

That goes against everything that Epstein has preached Red Sox Nation.