The Red Sox should trade their top prospect infielder Xander Bogaerts to get Phillies left-hander Cliff Lee.
Trust me Red Sox Nation wouldn’t crumble.
Trading a can’t-miss youngster for a starting pitcher who might help you win a World Series is hardly a radical concept and the Red Sox know it.
Heck they did it on Nov. 24 2005 including two future stars shortstop Hanley Ramirez and right-hander Anibal Sanchez in a seven-player deal with the Marlins that brought Josh Beckett and third baseman Mike Lowell to Boston – and ahem helped the Sox win the 2007 World Series.
Bogaerts would be the Ramirez of this deal. Right-hander Allen Webster or some other pitching prospect could be Sanchez. Lee would be Beckett and – is this perfect? – Phillies third baseman Michael Young could be Lowell.
Alas the Red Sox won’t make such a trade even though I’m betting that the Phillies would agree in a heartbeat.
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