Let the Angels cough up years and picks for Albert Pujols. And 5 years for C. J. Wilson? Gee whiz I wonder if they will regret that. Let the Marlins pony up cash for Jose Reyes and a closer like Heath Bell. Let the Rangers pay Yu Darvish's posting fee.
Jimmy Rollins? He belongs in Philadelphia. Carlos Beltran? It's amazing that he syncs up his best season in years with a free agency stint. Have fun in St. Louis.
Aramis Ramirez? Mark Buehrle? Grady Sizemore? Jim Thome? Jason Marquis?
Who in that group is a good long term answer for the Red Sox?
And who is left in the free agent market? Prince Fielder? Roy Oswalt? Edwin Jackson?
And forget the trade market.
Yeah the Red Sox could have had Trevor Cahill or Gio Gonzalez.
But Cahill cost Arizona some of their top prospects including Jarrod Parker, their phenom pitcher who made a cameo in the post season.
And Gio Gonzalez cost Washington some of their best young players.
The Red Sox don't need to empty their farm! They need to try out as many PawSox as they can. The Red Sox need to fill in holes and they don't need to do it with high priced free agents, blockbuster trades that send the future packing and surrendering draft picks.
The Sox are making smart moves. Mark Melancon? Not sexy but talented and can help in the pen. Nick Punto? Won't make many headlines but gives the Sox some infield depth, Kelly Shoppach? OK, he can't hit. But how can his bat be worse than Varitek's now?
Don't be worried about making noise for December 2011. Focus on turning the page and seeing what the team needs. Pile up draft picks and see what gems are hidden in the system.
Let the Marlins, Angels and Nats make the splash now. I'm thinking about 2013 and beyond.