Over the weekend, the Boston Red Sox more or less called it a season, dumping more than $250 million in salary when they sent first baseman Adrian Gonzalez, starting pitcher Josh Beckett and injured center fielder Carl Crawford to the Los Angeles Dodgers who, unlike the aforementioned Sox, are chasing a division crown.
What does this mean for the Rangers?
Admittedly, not much right now. But with a mountain of cash freed up by the move, and a history of willingness to shell out big money for big names, the great salary dump of 2012 could put Boston in a position to be a major player when Josh Hamilton becomes a free agent this offseason.
"We’ve got to look at everything and yes, we’ve had several conversations," Red Sox general manager Ben Cherington told WEEI Radio in Boston this week when asked about Hamilton, via the Dallas Morning News. "We’ve got some ideas, guys that we think might be available, either through free agency – those are the guys we know will be available – or in trades, guys we think might be available in trades.
“We started that process earlier. Really right at the deadline we start looking at the off-season, and obviously this trade changes to some extent the types of opportunities we can pursue. And the fact that we gave up a fair amount of offense in this deal and we’ve got to find a way to replace that offense.”