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Could the Sox and Yanks make a trade?

Posted by Peter Abraham, Globe Staff  July 23, 2010 01:18 PM

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The Yankees had a scout at the game last night. Obviously he was there to see the Mariners as the Red Sox and Yankees would never make a trade.

Right?

It hasn't happened since Aug. 13, 1997. The Red Sox sent Mike Stanley and minor-league infielder Randy Brown to the Yankees for RHP Tony Armas Jr. and a player to be named later which turned out to be Jim Mecir.

It turned out to be a good deal for the Sox as Armas was one of the prospects the Red Sox sent to Montreal for Pedro Martinez.

The Red Sox and Yankees have made many deals over the years, going back to the ill-fated Babe Ruth sale of 1920. But there have been only two trades consummated since 1972.

Obviously this will never happen. But let's say the teams made a deal right now, what should be it be?

Try and come up with something reasonable.

The Yankees could use a starter and a DH. The Red Sox need relief help and maybe an outfielder.

Keep contracts and no-trade clauses in mind. Make it something that would actually make sense. There has to be some pain for both teams, otherwise it's not fair.

My idea would be this: Mike Lowell and a decent pitching prospect (like Kyle Weiland) to the Yankees for Triple-A RHP Mark Melancon.

The Red Sox have little use for Lowell, who could DH for the Yankees and return to the organization he started with. Melancon is a guy with good stuff who has not pitched well in the majors but has shown flashes of brilliance in the minors.

I'd try and pry Dave Robertson away with a better prospect, but that's probably not happening.

Or try something huge. David Ortiz, Jose Iglesias and Ryan Kalish for Joba Chamberlain and Jesus Montero.

The Sox get a reliever they can pair with Daniel Bard and their stud catcher of the future. Then make Victor Martinez the DH (or 1B next year) and flip Jonathan Papelbon for another piece. Montero is a better catcher then people make him out to be. But at worst he's a productive first baseman or DH.

The Yankees get the DH they need now, the shortstop they need in the future and a young outfielder who can take over left field next season.

Risk and reward for everybody! This deal would break the internet and the phone banks at 98.5 The Sports Hub, WFAN and WEEI would explode.

Theo Epstein and Brian Cashman are good friends. They must talk about these sort of things for comic relief. They should leak out word that they're talking just to cause trouble. That would be fun.

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