Originally posted on Ted's Army  |  Last updated 12/16/11

The Florida Marlins' Hanley Ramirez single in the first inning against the New York Yankees at LandShark Stadium in Miami, Florida, Saturday, June 20, 2009. The Marlins defeated the Yankees, 2-1. (David Santiago/El Nuevo Herald/MCT) Photo via Newscom

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As expected, Cherington and company looked into Hanley Ramirez. "No traction" in an interesting way to refer to it -- but regardless of semantics, the Marlins don't appear to be interested in what we have to offer. Aaron wrote on Monday that a deal would likely hinge on a package involving Clay Buchholz and/or Kevin Youkilis, and I'd say prospects would probably be involved as well. Hanley may be coming off a down year, but he was among the best players in baseball the years before that.

Such a trade never seemed likely to me anyway. It looks like it will continue to be a quiet winter. There's not going to be Hanley, or Yu Darvish, or Prince Fielder. The best way to look at it is that our offseason acquisitions will be Carl Crawford -- who has to be better than what he submitted last year -- and Clay Buchholz, who will presumably be healthy.

Until then, we need to continue filling bullpen spots and filling out the bench.

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