In response to Softlaw1's comment:
Try to use your intellect. Virtually every FA that is mentioned draws a reply from you that he is worth $1-2M.
10M for Beltre, 150M for AGon extension, is not "1-2M for virtually every "FA". 2 Years and 20M for Ortiz, for Ortiz for 2012 and 2013 is not "1-2M for virtually every FA".
Try to use your intellect. Virtually every FA this Board and/or the Red Sox GM covets is not a value and fit @ 142M for a slap hitting lefty corner OF'er and 80 million plus for a 2nd rate AL West starting pitching bum. And, stay out of south side pitching dumpsters, use your intellect.
My budget, which has provided for constructing the entire 2013 roster, is 100 to 120M. Because of the pathetic labor pool this FA season, unless the trade and extension target I want is acquired, the Red Sox budget should not exceed about 100M for 2013.
Use your intellect and stop thinking that "because of the times it's necessary to spend nearly a billion dollars on Big Labor costs to get zero playoff wins over a 4 year period.
Frankly, I'm embarrassed at all the Labor lemming Red Sox fans. I couldn't protest enough on getting rid of washed up terrible peforming bums like Varitek and Wakefield, and the disgraceful Red Sox Labor performance over the last 4 years that has cost a fortune for loser baseball.
But, hey, keep on cheerleading and pipe dreaming about "we need to pay the market for X, Y and Z, because that's what it takes to get X,Y and Z".
It's about how the money is spent, says the patronizing fanatic? You bet it is, and it's also about how much of the money isn't wasted on contracts that lock in years of loser baseball.
Make it easy. Show me your proposed roster for 2013, with prices. We're at about $97M right now, without a RF or a 1B or a #5 SP. Who are you going to sign for $3M-$23M that will put us back in the playoffs, or at least in contention?