Clay Buchholz, all the time.
According to Sports Illustrated‘s Jon Heyman and Tom Verducci, Boston – after losing out to the Yankees on Mark Teixeira – engaged Florida in some level of dialogue over the last few days regarding Marlins shortstop Hanley Ramirez (who of course was originally Red Sox property before the Josh Beckett trade three winters ago). The discussion reportedly centered on righthander Clay Buchholz, center fielder Jacoby Ellsbury, and “others” (I presume including Jed Lowrie and Lars Anderson). Talks, however, according to Heyman and Verducci, have broken off, as Florida isn’t inclined to trade one of the game’s best young players.
This means one of two things:
1. The reason Boston has refused until now to discuss Buchholz with the Rangers is that he was a necessary component of any serious offer for Ramirez.