In response to HelloItsMeAgain1's comment:
In response to carnie's comment:
Beckett hasn't pitched 200 innings since 2007. As far as the guys they traded being better than the guys they brought in, the Red Sox got basically nothing from Carl Crawford from the time they signed him until the time they traded him to LA. Plus on his best day he's an average to slightly above average defender with a spaghetti arm. I'm not saying Carl Crawford is a bad ball player, because I think he's very good at what he does and I hope he does well in LA. Victorino is at least a defensive upgrade from Crawford and he can actually get the ball back to the infield without bouncing it. If he can approach his career norms offensively he helps the Red Sox a lot. You definitely have a point about Gonzo vs. Napoli, especially defensively. Although 1B is probably the least important position on the diamond defensively, in my mind. Offensively you lose some BA with Napoli, but you gain a lot of pop, especially at Fenway. I'm not sure that Drew will be a defensive upgrade over Aviles, but he should get on base at a much higher clip. Plus the Sox added a couple of pretty good relievers in Uehara and Hanrahan. Now, I'm not going to write the Yanquis off the same way you seem to be doing with the Sawx, but I do think the division is pretty much wide open for any team that can stay healthy.
beckett still managed to get to 170+ innings consistently and do it in the AL East. dempster has gotten crushed in the AL
Not true. Unless getting crushed means having an ERA in the low 4's the last 5 years.