The Boston Red Sox are in a transitionary period right now.
We know this.
It was clearly evidenced by the recent blockbuster trade that sent Josh Beckett, Adrian Gonzalez, Carl Crawford and a bat boy named Nick Punto to the Los Angeles Dodgers in exchange for bust first baseman James Loney and a handful of prospects.
Don't expect the changes to stop there.
Jon Lester and Jacoby Ellsbury are currently the two Red Sox players on waivers, and while this doesn't necessarily indicate that the two All-Stars are trade bait, it does imply that Boston isn't finished cleaning house.
With that being said, Lester and Ellsbury are just two of many players on the team that need to finish 2012 strong if they plan on sticking around for 2013.