Most years, the Red Sox would be going to the Winter Meetings, armed with a shopping list of specific needs.
That list might include, say, a No. 5 starter, a backup catcher, a second baseman, a reliever (or two) and perhaps a fourth outfielder — all current positions that need addressing.
But such lists are so yesterday.
Instead, when the Red Sox arrive in San Diego, they'll do so with a far different mindset. No longer is it a matter of checking off items as they go.
Rather, the offseason business model is ever-fluid and constantly evolving.
The subtext here, of course, is the team's stated desire to get under the $208 million CBT threshold, which will require the Sox to gut nearly $30 million in salary to achieve. Much of what they do — and importantly, don't do — will be driven by that goal.