In response to craze4sox's comment:
I know most of you dream about Stanton but the Marlins "unlike the Brewers" will want mostly youngsters they don't need to pay much to in return. How about this offer for Braun if the Brewers are willing to listen. Hopefully some of you have forgiven Ryan for his PED use and realize the Sox may have also had players on them over the years. Ryan has a reasonable contract through 2020 with a mutual option for 2021. He could give us that steady every day bat and above average glove in RF for many years. I would sign Lester first and foremost, then offer the Brewers Buchholz, Victorino and Holt for Braun straight up, or even another young arm if necessary like Barnes, Webster or Renaudo thrown in the mix. Shane would drop off their books after next season if they wanted to use his 13mil differently. Buchholz could give the Brewers three years of much improved SP if they choose to pick up his 2016 &17 options and Clay can stay somewhat healthy while Holt possibly improves LF for them offensively. Having Braun would give a few kids more time to develop and give Papi some protection with Rubby taking Clays spot in the rotation. We could also offer the Brewers Cecchini or Middy instead of Holt but they really don't need a 3B until after Ramirez leaves after 2015.
Betts LF, Pede 2B, Papi DH, Braun RF, Nap or Middy 1B, Bogy or Middy 3B, Vasquez or Swihart C, Bogy or Marrero SS, JBJ CF
If people want to give Middy another shot to solidify 3B or 1B without losing half our young talent for Stanton it seems like a decent risk/trade for both clubs. We should have enough coming off the books to re-sign Lester, bring in Braun and still have decent subs like Nava, Marrero and others.
Well...the "craze" part of your name is right...that's about it.
It's truly sad to witness RS nation being reduced to suggestions like this one.
Next season can't get here soon enough...and BTW, Lester is walking so don't get all wrapped up about it.