FORT MYERS, Fla. — For the Red Sox, the largest benefit of their landmark trade with the Dodgers in 2012 was extricating the franchise from the burdensome contracts given to Josh Beckett, Carl Crawford, and Adrian Gonzalez.
The $264 million saved allowed the Sox a clean slate to remake their roster and earn back the affection of a disgruntled fan base.
The five players Boston received in the trade were practically incidental to the larger mission of the deal. Now, 18 months later, only two remain.
Ivan DeJesus, James Loney, and Jerry Sands are forgotten footnotes. But Rubby De La Rosa and Allen Webster still have the opportunity to make that trade an even more successful one for the Sox. Full story for BostonGlobe.com subscribers.