The Red Sox acquired a key piece of the Rays’ core this offseason, signing Carl Crawford to a big-money free-agent deal.

Tampa Bay officially fired back yesterday, nabbing some key Red Sox.

(From 2004.)

The Rays introduced small-money free agents Johnny?Damon and Manny Ramirez to the Tampa media yesterday, officially reuniting two of the “Idiots” from Boston’s glory days.

Both signed one-year contracts: Damon for a reported $5.25 million plus incentives, Ramirez for $2 million.

The former rubber-armed Sox center fielder will play left — Crawford’s old position. Ramirez will be the Rays’ designated hitter.