Originally written on Rumors and Rants  |  Last updated 7/18/12

Carl Crawford finally came off the disabled list on Monday, so obviously now is the time to trade him, right? Apparently that’s what the Boston Red Sox are thinking.

Major league sources have told FoxSports’ Ken Rosenthal that Boston is aggressively shopping Crawford around the league and has been in contact with multiple teams concerning a shop. While Red Sox general manager Ben Cherington has denied such reports, but we have also been hearing for a while that Boston would like to be rid of Crawford’s contract.

The Red Sox have reached out to the Miami Marlins, with an eye towards netting either Jose Reyes or Hanley Ramirez in return. Money and other pieces would have to be involved for such a deal to take place.

We’ve been hearing that a deal between the two sides was discussed briefly, but was almost immediately dropped, that jives with what USA Today has been reporting. The Sox wanted Ramirez and closer Heath Bell in return for Crawford and a prospect. We have also heard that the Los Angeles Dodgers have been contacted to gauge their interest in Crawford.

Boston has a crowded outfield and must move someone. With Crawford, Jacoby Ellsbury, Daniel Nava, Cody Ross and Ryan Sweeney in the majors and Ryan Kalish, Scott Podsednik and top-prospect Jackie Bradley in the minors, a trade of one of more of those guys has to happen.

Crawford will turn 31 in August and is in his second year with the Red Sox after signing a seven-year, $142 million deal. He is owed $102.5 million after this season.

In the first year of his monster contract Crawford hit just .255 with 11 home runs, 56 RBI and just 129 hits. He played in 130 games and his OPS of .694 was horrendous.

Since coming off the disabled list this year he is 4-for-7 with on RBI in two games.

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