In response to BabeParilli's comment:
I think your problem in all this is that you ignore the cap. You somehow apply normal business principles to something that is in no way a normal business.
A team's greatest loyalty should lie with the fans. They pay all the bills. It is the team's obligation to put the very best product out on the field that they can. If that means cutting somebody or offering a restructure, because of the finite cap, then so be it.
I'm not ignoring the cap. If they offered him a reasonable restructure and he said no by all means it's a business just cut him. However, if they lowballed him, why do that just cut him and let him hit FA right away. The only reason to let this stuff leak is to get the fanbase on your side, the Sox do it all the time. Listen I have no problem with them cutting a guy for a business decision but how you treat players during contract talks and esp on their way out the door makes a huge difference, esp to the younger guys. I said it back during those negotiations it was short sighted of them to be so hard nose about it and down the road those tactics would come back to bite them. This is a case where that has happened as both Wilfork and Mankins won't take restructures at a time when the team needs extra space and now they will have to lose a starter and replace him. Right or wrong that's what is happening and that's all I'm saying, maybe the first time they went hard into those talks was the best short term move because they might have saved some coin but long term I think it hurt them.