Boston's version of a blockbuster trade at this year's deadline was acquiring Erik Bedard from Seattle in a three-team swap. And while that addition cost the Sox very little and was a reasonably good decision, it didn't solve any long-term problems.
The club is still faced with a rotation that is missing a fifth starter. Theo Epstein and company must still make a decision on what to offer David Ortiz. And, as always, shortstop remains a sore spot moving forward.
Regardless of whether or not the Sox pick up Marco Scutaro's option, they'll be looking for middle infield help. They'll also be thinking past 2012, given that Jacoby Ellsbury and Kevin Youkilis will both hit free agency after the season ends.
The 2012 free-agent class includes some impressive names, and though Boston probably won't offer up another Carl Crawford-type deal (seven years, $142 million), none of us truly knows what will happen until the season begins.
After all, who thought that Boston would ink Crawford himself after trading for Adrian Gonzalez?
Here are 10 names that the Sox and their fans should have their eyes on this winter.