Do the Boston Red Sox really have two more months to play in the 2012 season?
Several players in that clubhouse, along with the coaching staff and front office are probably ready to get this thing over with and proceed with plans for 2013.
Team president Larry Lucchino and general manager Ben Cherington really didn't do enough to clear out the bad apples in the roster basket after last season's collapse and the chicken-and-beer fueled scandal that came with it. The mistake was thinking that bringing in a new manager would provide a fresh start.
The clean-up effort has to scrub much harder and deeper than that. After the team's performance this year, the Red Sox front office surely realizes what needs to be done. Several players won't be back next season as management tries to change what's become a stultifying clubhouse culture.
Here are five players that likely won't be back in Boston next year. And before anyone types "John Lackey" in the comments, consider whether any team would show interest in trading for a pitcher coming off Tommy John surgery who's still owed $30.5 million over the next two seasons.