That deal freed Boston from being under the rock of salary commitments totaling more than a quarter of a billion dollars. That gives GM Ben Cherington money to spend this winter, but he has to be more careful than his predecessor was. More bad, long-term contracts will snooker them again a few years down the line.
With that in mind, Cherington knows that he will have to target players who can be signed cheaply or to short-term deals. Don't be expecting to see anyone receive a five-year contract from the Red Sox this offseason.
And certainly don't be expecting to see Josh Hamilton, either.