The 2012 season was an exercise in futility for the Red Sox, as they failed miserably to form a cohesive unit from the beginning of the season and subsequently carried out a year-long grudge match between the coaching staff and the players that resulted in one of the worst seasons in franchise history.
After the infighting and turmoil in Boston came to a head through the summer, the Red Sox miraculously found a way to shed a significant amount of salary with their trade of Josh Beckett, Carl Crawford, Adrian Gonzalez and Nick Punto to the Dodgers, essentially pressing a reset button financially with their roster in the process.
The youth movement and the results that followed shortly after the trade were predictably horrendous, with the key veterans still remaining on the team were unable to keep the club afloat while Triple-A call ups failed to produce much in the way of offense as the season came to a close.
All of that has led to a mass amount of speculation as to how the 2013 Red Sox will look when they take the field next spring, with fans of the team everywhere engaging each other in debate on who Boston might sign in free agency or acquire via trade.
Given that the discussion surrounding potential signings or trade candidates is thoroughly saturated as of right now, a look at a group of key veteran players that won't be taking the field in a Red Sox uniform when spring training commences seems to be in order, as knowing who's likely to be playing elsewhere makes projecting the signings/trades to fill each position opening that much easier.
So with that in mind, here are five players that I think will be donning another team's colors in the near future.