The Red Sox should trade their top prospect infielder Xander Bogaerts to get Phillies left-hander Cliff Lee.

Trust me Red Sox Nation wouldn’t crumble.

Trading a can’t-miss youngster for a starting pitcher who might help you win a World Series is hardly a radical concept and the Red Sox know it.

Heck they did it on Nov. 24 2005 including two future stars shortstop Hanley Ramirez and right-hander Anibal Sanchez in a seven-player deal with the Marlins that brought Josh Beckett and third baseman Mike Lowell to Boston – and ahem helped the Sox win the 2007 World Series.

Bogaerts would be the Ramirez of this deal. Right-hander Allen Webster or some other pitching prospect could be Sanchez. Lee would be Beckett and – is this perfect? – Phillies third baseman Michael Young could be Lowell.

Alas the Red Sox won’t make such a trade even though I’m betting that the Phillies would agree in a heartbeat.

Teams value prospects like never before hoarding them more and more each year. The game is skewing younger thanks to drug testing. And the restrictions on both domestic and international amateur spending only add to the difficulty of acquiring young talent.

Well how about winning the Series?

Isn’t that supposed to be the idea?

The Sox boast the sixth-best farm system in the majors according to Baseball America. They’re in a dogfight with the Rays and Orioles in the AL East. Lee 34 could prove the difference in that race and potentially in the postseason as well.

I know what you’re thinking – why focus on the Red Sox? Why not make the same argument with the Cardinals a contender that possesses even more young talent than the Sox though is less of a financial powerhouse?