September has happened. Terry Francona is gone. Theo Epstein might talk with the Cubs.
As the dust begins to settle on Boston's disastrous conclusion to a once-promising 2011 season, the Red Sox front office will have to being the inevitable task of turning to page to 2012.
Boston's plethora of injuries and underperforming regulars over the final two months of the season opened opportunities for a variety of players, ranging from bench players to waiver-wire pick-ups and from players acquired via trades to some of the organization's top minor leaguers.
Heading into next season, the Red Sox have a number of players up for free agency and eligible for arbitration.
So...who will stay? Who will go?