'Bold' move? More like full reboot

Sox willing to lose Adrian Gonzalez in order to unload Josh Beckett, Carl Crawford

Updated: August 25, 2012, 6:57 PM ET
By Gordon Edes | ESPNBoston.com

BOSTON -- When Haywood Sullivan became Boston Red Sox owner in 1977, he was asked about the wisdom of trading star players.

"I don't think you can trade a [Carlton] Fisk, a Jimmy Rice, a Fred Lynn, a Carl Yastrzemski or a Rick Burleson," Sullivan said. "When you trade key men like that, you are just defeating your own purpose."

Three winters later Sullivan traded Lynn and Burleson, who were a year away from free agency, to the Angels in separate deals (Butch Hobson also went ...

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