How's this for a blockbuster?
Left fielder Carl Crawford to the Miami Marlins for either shortstop Jose Reyes or third baseman Hanley Ramirez, with other pieces and significant cash involved.
The Boston Red Sox are contacting teams to gauge their trade interest in Crawford, according to major-league sources.
No trade appears close. Such a deal would be difficult to accomplish, given the size of Crawford's contract and his lingering elbow problems. But the first lesson of the July 31 non-waiver deadline is that nothing is impossible.
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.
"There's nothing going on with Carl," Red Sox general manager Ben Cherington said. "He's our left fielder and we're glad to have him back in our lineup."
Yet, while there are conflicting acc...