Once upon a time, Hanley Ramirez was the future superstar shortstop of the Boston Red Sox. He had it all as a prospect: range at fielding, fast on his feet and a pop at the bat. Twice named by Baseball America as Boston's top prospect, it was only a matter of time until Ramirez got his chance in Fenway.
And then came Edgar Renteria. Signed in December of 2004 to a four year, $40 million contract, Renteria was locked in it seemed until at least 2009—and Hanley Ramirez was out of a position.
After the 2004 World Series Championship season, the Sox had parted ways with pitchers Pedro Martinez and Derek Lowe. So, with shortstop locked up, Hanley Ramirez was used in a blockbuster trade along with pitchers Jesus Delgado, Harvey Garcia and Anibal Sanchez to the Florida (now Miami) Marlins to acquire pitcher Josh Beckett, third baseman Mike Lowell and reliever Guillermo Mota.