BOSTON MA - DECEMBER 11: Carl Crawford answers questions during a press conference announcing his signing with the Boston Red Sox on December 11 2010 at the Fenway Park in Boston Massachusetts. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
UPDATE - Buster Olney of ESPN has heard from sources that are saying the Marlins and Red Sox brought deal up "briefly," but it "immediately died."
Sources:There is no current discussion involving Crawford and Hanley Ramirez/Heath Bell. Was brought up briefly as concept,immediately died.— Buster Olney (@Buster_ESPN) July 18, 2012
1:54 PM EDT - The Red Sox and Marlins are discussing a blockbuster trade that would involve Boston sending Crawford and prospects to Miami for Heath Bell and Hanley Ramirez, reports Bob Nightengale of USA Today:
The Boston Red Sox are contacting teams to gauge their trade interest in Crawford, according to major-league sources.
The Red Sox, sources said, reached out to both the Marlins and Los Angeles Dodgers, though another source said that no discussions took place with the Dodgers. The Marlins, historically open to any possibility, would at least consider the concept, sources said.
Rosenthal spoke with Red Sox general manager Ben Cherington, who said "there’s nothing going on with Carl." Cherington added that Crawford is the Red Sox left fielder and they’re "glad to have him back."
Rosenthal goes on to speculate that the Red Sox could look to trade Crawford to a team such as the Marlins in exchange for veteran players Jose Reyes or Hanley Ramirez. He goes on to detail a possible trade which would include players such as Red Sox infielders Mike Aviles and Jose Iglesias and a Marlins’ pitcher such as Anibal Sanchez.
Should the Red Sox trade Crawford?