In a way, Hanley Ramirez’s baseball career has come full circle.
On Nov. 24, 2005, the Boston Red Sox traded the shortstop — whom they signed as an amateur free agent in 2000 — to the Florida Marlins. Now, on Nov. 24, 2014, it was reported Ramirez was on his way to the Hub to sign a four-year, $88 million contract with a vesting fifth year.
It couldn’t have worked out much better for the Red Sox.
Along with Ramirez, Boston sent a handful of amateur free agent pitchers — including Jesus Delgado, Harvey Garcia and top pitching prospect Anibal Sanchez — to Florida for Josh Beckett, Mike Lowell and Guillermo Mota. Mota was shipped to the Cleveland Indians a year later in the trade that brought outfielder Coco Crisp to the Red Sox.
And you probably all remember how 2007 went for Beckett, Lowell and Crisp.
Crisp made the catch in Game 7 of the 2007 American League Championship Series that sent the Red Sox to their second World Series in four years. Beckett was the ALCS MVP, and Lowell was World Series MVP four games later.
As for the others involved in the trade, Sanchez is the only player besides Ramirez who’s an active major leaguer. The right-hander has been mostly successful with the Detroit Tigers since 2012 — he finished fourth in American League Cy Young voting in 2013 — but the Marlins certainly didn’t get the best of him.
Sanchez finished ninth in 2006 National League Rookie of the Year voting in his first season with Florida, but he couldn’t make it through a whole season again until 2010.
Now the Red Sox have a chance to see if their fortunes with Ramirez, now a three-time All-Star and two-time Silver Slugger, are as good as they were nine years ago.
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