It’s fair to say this trade worked out nicely for both sides, but let’s see how the Marlins snagged Hanley Ramirez: Josh Beckett, Mike Lowell and Guillermo Mota to the Red Sox for Ramirez, Anibal Sanchez and a couple minor league guys.
Sanchez, for his part, threw a no-hitter in 2006 as a 22-year old but has been injury prone since. Lowell was seen as a throw-in at the time but has taken his pull-happy swing and put it to great use with the Green Monster in left at Fenway Park.
But it is clear now that the centerpieces of this deal are both Beckett and Ramirez.
Beckett has just been one of the best pitchers in the American League for the last three years and Ramirez is blossoming into one of the best players in Major League Baseball.
He hit his 20th home run Tuesday night in a Marlins loss and is batting just under .300. He bats leadoff, has speed and plays a premium position (shortstop).
So, here’s my question: If this trade never happened and Ramirez were batting leadoff and playing short for the Red Sox, how sick of hearing about him on ESPN would we be?
Right now he’s probably under-appreciated down in Florida, but I’d venture to say if he played in a major market we’d be inundated with him constantly. There would be A-Rod comparisons abound, without a doubt.