Boston Red Sox and Hanley Ramirez: How a Trade to Boston Would Work

Benjamin KleinContributor IIIDecember 12, 2011

WASHINGTON, DC - JULY 27: Hanley Ramirez #2 of the Florida Marlins waits on deck against the Washington Nationals at Nationals Park on July 27, 2011 in Washington, DC. The Marlins won 7-5. (Photo by Ned Dishman/Getty Images)
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Last week's Jose Reyes signing to the Miami Marlins has created a lot of drama between the Marlins and former shortstop—now "third baseman"—Hanley Ramirez.

There are contradicting reports over whether Ramirez has actually agreed to play third base in Miami next season but it seems evident that he isn't happy. It might make sense for Florida to ship Hanley before the drama really starts to brew.

Current Red Sox general manager Ben Cherington and former assistant Boston GM—now current Cubs GM—Jed Hoyer traded Ramirez to the Marlins back in 2005 to acquire Josh Beckett, Mike Lowell and Guillermo Mota. 

Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports has reported that Boston would likely be interested in re-acquiring Ramirez even though they currently need pitching help more than offense. Here's how a trade that would send Ramirez back to Boston could work out: 

Boston trades Kevin Youkilis, Felix Doubront and prospect/cash to Miami for Hanley Ramirez

The Marlins are going to need someone reliable to play third base, and Kevin Youkilis could compliment them nicely. He can also play first-place if they decide to move Gaby Sanchez. Youkilis would fill the gap in the infield as well as in the lineup, hitting behind Mike Stanton.

Miami would also be acquiring Felix Doubront, who could be used either in the bullpen or as a spot starter in the rotation. He still needs some time in Triple-A, but the Marlins will have some time since their staff is almost set in stone already.

A prospect or cash would be used to offset Youkilis' $12 million 2012 contract or just to make the trade more appealing to Miami.

Boston would benefit by acquiring a perennial shortstop while also disposing of Youkilis, whose injuries have held him back over the last two seasons. Ramirez's speed/power combination would only add to Boston's high powered offense.

This move would likely put either Hanley or Dustin Pedroia in the third spot in the lineup, hitting before Adrian Gonzalez and before Jacoby Ellsbury. Since David Ortiz will be back in Boston, losing Youkilis' power shouldn't be a cause for concern.  

Boston trades Marco Scutaro to Colorado for pitching help

Rosenthal has also written of how Colorado has been interested in Scutaro as of late. Scutaro can easily be moved, as he is only owed $6 million this season before becoming a free agent. He is a good fit in the Colorado system, as he provides a solid bat and reliable defense. 

Boston needs to get some pitching back in return for Scutaro, which could be someone to use in the bullpen or a prospect who could help throughout the season.

Some interesting names to consider in this trade could be Aaron Cook, even though he has a huge salary, Jason Hammel, who struggled last season, or JC Romero, who pitched in Boston in 2007. Boston could also ask for a variety of prospects that could flourish in the future like Tyler Anderson.

Boston starts Hanley Ramirez at SS, Jed Lowrie at 3B and waits for Will Middlebrooks

These two deals give Boston the opportunity to keep Hanley happy by having him continue to play shortstop for a contender and move some aging players for young ones.

The plan on Opening Day would be to start Hanely at shortstop and have Jed Lowrie fill the void left in the Youkilis trade. Lowrie played both shortstop and third base last season, and he had a great start to the season before leveling off right before the All-Star break. 

At the same time, Boston has prospect Will Middlebrooks get some more time in Triple-A before calling him up to later replace Lowrie at third, so maybe they can move him at the Trade Deadline for late-season help.