According to a story from WEEI’s Rob Bradford, the Boston Red Sox had engaged in conversations with the Miami Marlins in an effort to acquire Jose Reyes and Josh Johnson. Both Reyes and Johnson, of course, became Toronto Blue Jays this past winter when the Marlins went into fire sale mode. The two former Marlins were part of a package that also included Mark Buehrle, Emilio Bonifacio, and John Buck heading to Toronto in exchange for Justin Nicolino, Jake Marisnick, Yunel Escobar, Adeiny Hechavarria, Henderson Alvarez, Jeff Mathis and Anthony Desclafani.
The discussions between the Red Sox and Marlins, according to Bradford’s source, included Bonifacio (“if needed”), but apparently excluded both Buehrle and Buck. The Red Sox were reportedly unwilling to part ways with super prospect Xander Bogaerts, which effectively killed the potential for a deal to be made.