That's the basics.
Oakland and Chicago just set the market to some degree. The Sox are holding 2 pitchers who are better than Samardzjqxkja in Lackey (arguably) and Lester.
Cherrington has time to shop around and see what he can get for the Lackey, Lester, Uehara in packages with lesser, potentially attractive guys like AJP and Gomes. Not all to one team, obviously. I could see 4 teams getting those 5 players in different deals. They would likely land a few top rpospects in the Lackey and Lester deals...and an outside chance with Uehara, especially if the Sox throw in rabbit's foot Gomes and cash.
Take those presumed draft picks...add in what is perceived as a fairly strong Sox farm...and go get Stanton.
He's 24, he's been in the majors since he was 20, and he has all the makings of a star. In Fenway...he has extreme-superstar potential as a right handed, power bat. You RARELY get a chance to add a player of HIS caliber at THIS age. It's going to become more rare in the future as team's have gotten a LOT smarter about service time. This is undeniable. When you have chance to get a player like this, you do it. The Sox are also in a unique position to do it...they aren't going anywhere, have the assets, or can get them, are in a market that can pay to keep him and actually pay to put a team around him.
In the world of stupid absurd baseball money...HE'S the guy I'll then give 8 years and 200 million to. He can hit FA when he's 33, and the Sox get 4-8 prime years.
Even after dealing for him, some of the Owens/Renaudo/Cecchini/Vazquez/Swihart/Betts/JBJ/Boagarts/WMB would still be around, or potentially some other young guys from the deals above.
Then in 2 years, when your cornerstone Stanton in 26...you can see where you're really at. Ortiz will probably be making 10million as a bench coach, Napoli will be washed up...and Pedroia will be doing what he's always done...beating the heck out of his 5'5", 130lbs frame.
Hopefully a few of your kids actually pan out, and then you can add the ONE OR TWO pieces you need.
Or...you be the Celtics...and stretch it out and hold on and hope for the best and "well, there's no better options" your way to the cellar, and then try to figure out W T F to do and you try to lose and even that doesn't work.
Or...you be the Patriots. Make tough decisions for the betterment of the team. Grit your teeth, swallow hard, and move on. Sometimes you take a step back, but never for long, because you never dug yourself into too deep of a hole.
The Sox, to me, are in a shallow grave right now. They can escape it...or they can dig in.
I've made my desire clear, and I've laid out my plan on how to do it. It's not unrealistic at all...in fact, it's perfectly reasonable. The only question is if the Sox would actually be willing to pull it off.