In response to dgalehouse's comment:
I think it is not acceptable to simply write off 2013 in hopes of being better in 2014. There is nothing to indicate that that will work out. You can call us whiners and crybabies and spoiled , but many of us true Sox fans want and expect to be contenders every year. That is my belief.
I may think we won't be serious contenders in 2013, but all of my plans, including the ones that I trade Ells, Breslow, Salty, Sweeney and R Hill (FAs after 2013) make us better in 2013 that we look right now.
I've been a Sox fan since the early 70's. For over 30 years I lamented that I'd trade 10 last place finishes for just one ring. After 2004, I got spoiled. 2007 was awesome, but I am not saying we should finish in last place ever again. I am just being realistic about being "SERIOUIS" contenders in 2013. Maybe we are just arguing semantics here, but to me, for us to become serious contenders, we'd have to go out an way overpay 2 free agents that are not worth sacrificing future budget room to try and go all out in 2013. We'll not win in 2013, and be left with nothing for Rlls and other FA-s to be, and long contracts that will cripple us for years and years.
There is a good to strong possibility that Greinke, Hamilton or others will be the next Crawford, Lackey, Beckett...
We may not get the Dodgers or anyone else to save us from ourselves again.