Boston Red Sox Should Trade Carl Crawford for Josh Hamilton

Christopher Benvie@CSBenvie81Correspondent IIMarch 21, 2012

FORT MYERS, FL - FEBRUARY 26:  Carl Crawford #13 of the Boston Red Sox poses for a portrait on February 26, 2012 at jetBlue Park in Fort Myers, Florida.  (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
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The Boston Red Sox should do everything they can do to trade Carl Crawford to the Texas Rangers for Josh Hamilton.

I'm crazy, right?

Maybe not. Think about it for a second. Red Sox principal owner, though playing nice and has since apologized, has publicly stated that he never wanted the team to sign Carl Crawford.

Crawford, upon arriving in Boston, managed to have himself an abortion of a season, putting up career lows in hits, runs, triples, stolen bases, walks, batting average and on-base percentage.

Hamilton on the other hand, had his contract extension talks come to an abrupt halt after falling off the wagon this winter, having a alcohol relapse.

Now, take another step back and look at these two players a bit more obtusely. Crawford, born and raised in Houston, Texas, is a career .293/.333/.441/.773 batter who has been an All-Star four times, and is the owner of a Gold Glove and Silver Slugger award. He has led the American League in stolen bases and triples four times respectively.

Hamilton is also a four-time All-Star with two Silver Slugger awards and an American League MVP on his shelf. He has led the American League in RBI, batting average, slugging, OPS and total bases at one point in his career.

SURPRISE, AZ - MARCH 11:  Josh Hamilton #32 of the Texas Rangers in action against the Cleveland Indians during a spring training baseball game at Surprise Stadium on March 11, 2012 in Surprise, Arizona.  (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)
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Both men will turn 31 this year.

The Red Sox are on the hook for another $122 million for Crawford (including 2012's salary). The Rangers have no obligation to Hamilton beyond this season, but will need a solid left fielder.

If the teams decided to have a talk, the Red Sox could be able to send Crawford to a market he'd be more comfortable and likely more productive in, and in return, inherit Josh Hamilton and his off-the-field issues. Something that manager Bobby Valentine seems well-suited to handle.

Upon a trade, the Red Sox could extend Hamilton with a contract somewhere between JD Drew and Adrian Gonzalez money, probably in the $16-19 million annual salary range.

This move would alleviate any pressure on Crawford from the Boston fans and give Hamilton a fresh start in a town that would LOVE to have his services. It also provides Boston with a significant bat for when David Ortiz (likely) moves on after the 2012 season. 

The tandem of Josh Hamilton and Adrian Gonzalez in the middle of the lineup would be downright scary.