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Why the Sox should trade Lester

Boston should repeat the strategy behind its successful 2012 summer fire sale

Updated: June 24, 2014, 12:24 PM ET
By Dan Syzmborski | ESPN Insider

 Two years ago, the Boston Red Sox were going nowhere.

Boston started the 2012 campaign hopeful it might wipe away the previous September's humiliation, but then played just .500 ball until the All-Star break. While the Sox remained within shouting distance of a wild-card berth, nobody really believed that that Sox squad was a serious contender. Not the least of which was the team's front office, which saw the reality of the situation and sought to retool rather than foolishly chase a title.

That August, the Red Sox shipped off Adrian Gonzalez, Josh Beckett and Carl Crawford in a blockbuster trade with the Dodgers that freed up money and roster spots to give the team a new look.

The next season, a restocked Red Sox team ended up winning the World Series. The time has come for GM Ben Cherington to overhaul the roster like he did in 2012.

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