Tuesday, December 30, 2008
The Red Sox made a play to re-acquire Marlins superstar Hanley Ramirez after losing out to the rival Yankees for star free agent Mark Teixeira, league sources tell SI.com. But while the Marlins listened to Boston's overtures, Florida isn't anxious to trade its best player, and talks apparently have been aborted after no agreement could be reached.
If the Sox wanted Ramirez, they should have been on him last winter prior to the Marlins inking him to a Dustin Pedroia like club friendly contract. It seems like the Sox hibernated last winter. If my memory is correct, they were not involved at all with acquiring arguably a better hitter and long-term investment - Miguel Cabrera - than Teixeira. Cabrera is younger, has better comparables, would have cost less to lock up than T-Rex and the Olde Towne Team would have had an him 2008. The Tiger is far from perfect but the Sox should have been on him and not what appears to be asleep at the wheel last winter.