BOSTON MA - DECEMBER 11: Theo Epstein (L) general manager of the Boston Red Sox welcomes Carl Crawford to the team during a press conference to announce Crawford's signing on December 11 2010 at the Fenway Park in Boston Massachusetts. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
The relationship between the Boston Red Sox and high-priced outfielder Carl Crawford seems to not be panning out. And with the MLB trade deadline, July 31, looming, rumblings are popping up that the Red Sox are trying to find a suitor for the poor-producing, usually-injured speedster.
One of those suitors, says FOX Sports' Ken Rothenthal, could be the Miami Marlins:
How’s this for a blockbuster?
Meanwhile, USA Today is reporting this possible mega-deal with the Marlins:
The Miami Marlins have approached the Boston Red Sox about a blockbuster trade that would send left fielder Carl Crawford and a prospect to South Florida for infielder Hanley Ramirez and closer Heath Bell, according to three officials with knowledge of the talks who spoke to USA TODAY Sports on the condition of anonymity because negotiations are ongoing.
However, ESPN.com's Bust Onley is shooting down any possible blockbuster with Miami.
In the off-season, the Marlins acquired Jose Reyes via free agency as they offered him a six-year, $102 million deal. Currently, Miami is paying Ramirez $15 million a year. If one of those two major salaries are used in a deal, then the Marlins should have no problem taking on Crawford's seven-year, $142 million contract.
There may not be many suitors out there for Crawford, but Miami would be one of them.