Thursday, April 19, 2018

Former Marlins Honcho Offered Stanton Or Hanley For Prospect Mookie Betts

Somewhere in vicinity of 2013-14, former Marlins President David Samson made the Red Sox an offer he thought they couldn't refuse. Boston could have either Giancarlo Stanton or Hanley Ramirez for then-prospect Mookie Betts. Wisely, Sox GM Ben Cherington told Samson to go pound sand on South Beach—for which we should erect a statue to Cherington outside of Fenway. Of course, we eventually got Hanley anyway and Stanton is currently whiffing at a world-record pace. Betts, meanwhile, is setting the American League on fire with what is shaping up to be an MVP-calibre season. As a wise baseball man once said: "Sometimes the trades you don't make are the best trades of all." Indeed.