Here we are at the 2012 All-Star break. Befitting a team that habitually wins four in a row before dropping five of seven, the Red Sox sit at .500 (43–43).
Let’s face it: There was ample reason to believe that 2012 would be a transition year. And those inklings have come to fruition.
While there is still two-and-a-half months of regular season baseball to be played, Boston doesn’t have the look of a contender.
They shouldn’t be looking to acquire players between now and the July 31 trade deadline. They should be sellers.
It would be painful, in some cases, to part ways with key players from the past four to five years (Kevin Youkilis’ departure was proof of that). But if Boston wants to position itself to contend in 2013 and beyond, it’s necessary.
Swallow your pride and your sense of nostalgia, Sox fans. Here are five players they should consider unloading in the next three weeks.