In November of 2005 the Boston Red Sox and Florida Marlins made a huge trade. At the time, Hanley Ramirez was just a prospect while Mike Lowell had just come off an injury plagued season and Josh Beckett was one of better pitchers in baseball. Years later the Sox find themselves struggling at shortstop but striving with an ace of Josh Beckett. The Sox have won the World Series with both Lowell and Beckett and Lowell did manage to win World Series MVP.
Hanley Ramirez is now being picked number one overall in fantasy baseball leagues and is one of if not the best player in all of baseball. He plays a position in which most teams struggle at and he manages to hit .300+ with 35+ SB and 100+ runs. He has stolen 51 SB twice in his 3 year long career. No doubt any team would want this guy to play SS for them.
Most would argue that the Sox wouldn't have won the Series in 07' without Lowell and Beckett and I would have to agree. Although you could also argue that the Sox might have still one it with only Hanley because he is just that good. Either way you look at it the Sox would have had a great team but we know for a fact that that Beckett and Lowell both helped them win it all.
I wonder who has the better deal as of now. Some would have to say it is the Marlins because they have such a great player and the Sox have Lowell who is battling back problems at the age of 35 and doesn't have much left in the tank. Josh Beckett only at the age of 28 is still pretty young and is one of the best pitchers in the league. Yes the Sox need Beckett but couldn't they still be very good without him? They have a great young pitcher in Jon Lester and the Japan sensation Dice-k. They also picked up John Smoltz, and Brad Penny who could be a sleeper this year. Not to mention good Ol' Tim Wakefield and young Clay Bucholtz who has thrown a no-hitter in the Bigs.
They have Jed Lowrie who is a good young player but could play third if they still Hanley. That would mean a huge upgrade a shortstop. A small down grade at third with Lowrie instead of Lowell. The starting rotation would be: Lester, Dice-k, Wakefield, Penny, and Bucholtz. That is an OK starting rotation and you could also move Justin Masterson from the bullpen to the rotation if you felt it would be better.
With that being said I would love to have Hanley Ramirez, but Mike Lowell is still a good third basemen and Beckett is an ace that can carry your team in the playoffs. I would have to say the Sox have a better team with Lowell and Beckett instead of Hanley. This is one of the fairest trades I have seen though. Both sides got great player(s). Although once Lowell retires then the Marlins will have the better players left but that doesn't make up for the hardware the trade brought Boston.