Now that Boston Red Sox fans have ample time ahead of them to decompress from another disappointing campaign and digest the steamed-garbage sandwich that was the 2012 season, the period of overanalyzing and griping about which offseason moves should and should not be made begins.
You'd be surprised at how many fans would agree that this is one of their favorite parts of the season.
From now until February, a flurry of moves can be expected to take place stemming from the mobile device that sits on the belt of general manager Ben Cherington, starting with the decision on which free-agent incumbent players to pursue, and which to turn their collective nose at.
Judging from the subpar crop of 2013 free agents, the decisions were likely made before the Red Sox whimpered the last out in the season finale at Yankee Stadium.
The only free agents worth bringing back? David Ortiz and Cody Ross.
Those two are no-brainers.
But as for the other five?
Here's why they won't be back, and why no other teams will be willing to pony up much dough for them.