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The Boston Red Sox almost sent Andrew Benintendi south and to another league this offseason. 

When Red Sox fans looked out their windows this offseason, it was hard to determine whether the white surface the sun was reflecting off of the snowfall on the ground or the flag being waved from Fenway Park.

Oh, how things have changed.

Boston traded outfielder Andrew Benintendi to the Kansas City Royals thus stripping itself bare of a World Series core. But three months into the season, the Red Sox are flirting with a serious run at an AL East crown and seem to be in the driver’s seat for a playoff berth one way or another.

Instead of trolling the Red Sox over how the deal shook out, the jeers are being directed at a different team; one that ended up not trading for Benintendi at all.

According to Barry Jackson and Craig Mish of the Miami Herald, the Red Sox almost dealt Benintendi to the Miami Marlins before eventually striking a deal with the Royals.

Per sources, the Marlins — in early February — declined to trade versatile infielder Jon Berti to San Diego in a multi-player deal that would have sent outfielder Andrew Benintendi from the Red Sox to the Marlins.

Miami ended up passing on the Benintendi deal and signing Adam Duvall to a one-year deal. The $5 million price tag seemed cheap at the time, but it’s ended up being more expensive in its worthlessness than originally thought.

So far this season, Duvall is stringing together a pitiful .207/.254/.410, while Benintendi is in Kansas City posting a solid .284/.342/.412 with the Royals.

Boston ended up the real winner, as it was able to unload Benintendi and not incur any on-field blowback in the form of performance setbacks. The Royals are fading in the AL Central, but could resurface at any point in what is one of the most winnable divisions in baseball.

But the Marlins, who seemed to only be tangentially involved with the fallout from the Benintendi trade, somehow look the worst off.

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CNBCs Jim Cramer Says Hes Sold Almost All of His Bitcoin, Warns of US and China Government Crackdowns

One of Wall Street’s most-watched analysts is pumping the brakes on crypto-mania by saying that he’s sold off his Bitcoin.

During Monday’s edition of Squawk on the Street, CNBC’s Jim Cramer delivered a dreary forecast for Bitcoin — which, as of this writing, is below $30,000 for the first time since January, and down more than 50 percent from its 2021 high of approximately $65,000. Cramer believes that opposition from the Chinese government, and potentially, the U.S. government, could prove to be a major roadblock.

Of China, Cramer said, “I think they believe Bitcoin is a direct threat to the regime. Because what it is is a system that’s outside of their control.”

Then, discussing possible U.S. opposition, Cramer referenced the multi-million dollar ransom paid out in Bitcoin by Colonial Pipeline after hackers shut down the company’s system in a move that temporarily crippled fuel supply along the east coast. The CNBC analyst believes such cyberattacks are likely to turn the Department of Justice and other government entities against Bitcoin.

“In our country, I think it’s outside of our control when it comes to ransomware,” Cramer said. “And I doubt that Colonial is the first company to pay ransomware. I think they’re the first that almost shut down the east coast. But I think that the Justice Department, the FBI, and the Federal Reserve and Treasury could coalesce and say, ‘OK guys, if you pay ransomware, we are going to go after you.'”

Cramer went on to cite what he views as other red flags — such as questions about the soundness of Tether, another large cryptocurrency. For the CNBC analyst, there are just too many warning signs for him to stay in the Bitcoin game.

“Sold almost all of my bitcoin,” Cramer said. “Don’t need it.”

Watch above, via CNBC.

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