It is no secret that the Red Sox are cash-strapping themselves in 2012.
They are making every effort to stay below the luxury tax so they can have a "clean slate" heading into the 2013 season. I have come to terms with this. The rest of the 'Nation should as well.
That does not mean that fans should be short-sighted. While looking to the 2013 season, the Red Sox team that takes the field will look very different from the one we will see on opening day in 2012. Players like Kevin Youkilis, David Ortiz and Marco Scutaro may all be gone. Right field could very well still be a question mark.
In other words, NEXT winter is going to be a lot of fun. The luxury tax threshold increases and the Sox will have some money to spend.
With that in mind, here are six players that both the Sox brass, and Sox fans should keep their fingers on the pulse of in 2012.