CHICAGO -- The Marlins and Red Sox already made one blockbuster deal involving Hanley Ramirez in 2005. According to sources, they are not on the verge of making another.
A Marlins source shot down a USA Today report on Wednesday which indicated the team was in discussions with Boston to trade Ramirez and Heath Bell to the Red Sox for outfielder Carl Crawford.
According to the source, the Marlins are waiting to see how the team performs the rest of this road trip before deciding whether to buy, sell or stand pat at the July 31 nonwaiver trade deadline.
“There are no discussions with anybody for anyone,’’ the source said.
The Marlins might have floated the idea of the trade to the Red Sox at one time, an American League source said, but it was “dismissed immediately.’’
The Red Sox remained interested in Ramirez, even after trading him and pitcher Anibal Sanchez to the Marlins for Josh Beckett, Mike Lowell and Guillermo Mota. Boston once approached the Marlins about reacquiring Ramirez several years ago.
Ramirez was joking with some of his Marlins teammates on Wednesday that if he was traded to Boston, he would “take care’’ of them if Miami was ever in town.
Later, to reporters, Ramirez said of trade rumors: “It doesn’t matter to me. I can’t control that.’’
Marlins most likely to receive strong interest if the front office decides to trade off pieces include pitchers Sanchez and Randy Choate, both of whom are eligible for free agency after the season, and second baseman Omar Infante.
The Marlins source said the team has absolutely no intention of trading slugger Giancarlo Stanton, which was mentioned Tuesday by ESPN as a possibility.
Struck by silence
Mark Buehrle said the atmosphere at Wrigley Field on Tuesday was much different than he remembered it when the White Sox played here once a season in interleague play.
“Last night, I felt like I was in a backyard beer league softball game with how quiet it was here,’’ said Buehrle, who spent his first 12 major-league seasons with the crosstown White Sox. “I’d never seen it like that because even if the White Sox were winning, the White Sox crowd was going crazy. There was something going on.’’
Buehrle is scheduled to take the mound for the Marlins on Thursday and called it “just another game.’’
Just as he expected, fans booed Marlins manager Ozzie Guillen when he went to the mound in Tuesday’s eighth inning to lift Chad Gaudin.
“It was fun when they booed me,’’ said Guillen, the former White Sox manager. “I knew they were still alive because it was kind of quiet for a little while.’’
The Marlins quieted the crowd by building an 8-0 lead en route to a 9-5 win over the Cubs.
• The Marlins optioned Ryan Webb to Triple A New Orleans in order to make room for reliever Edward Mujica, who was activated from the disabled list.
The Marlins on Wednesday received one of the higher picks in the Competitive Balance Lottery, which awards extra draft selections to small-market and low-revenue teams. The Marlins landed a pick between the first and second rounds of the draft.
They were one of 14 teams designated as small-market or low-revenue. The others: the Diamondbacks, Orioles, Indians, Royals, A’s, Pirates, Padres, Rays, Reds, Rockies, Brewers, Cardinals and Tigers. Six teams were chosen by lottery to receive a pick after the first round. Of that initial group, the Marlins will pick sixth.
The second group of teams will receive an extra pick between the second and third rounds.
• Thursday: Marlins LHP Mark Buehrle (9-8, 3.13 ERA) at Chicago Cubs LHP Paul Maholm (7-6, 4.33), 2:20 p.m., Wrigley Field.
• Friday: Marlins RHP Ricky Nolasco (8-7, 4.47) at Pittsburgh Pirates RHP Kevin Correia (6-6, 4.25), 7:05 p.m., PNC Park.
• Scouting report: As a former member of the Chicago White Sox, Buehrle is no stranger to Wrigley Field, where he went 3-2 with a 4.80 ERA in seven interleague starts.