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McAdam: As Red Sox look to slash payroll, finding a fit on the trade market is taking some time

To date this offseason, the Red Sox have done nothing to reduce their payroll, a task which the club labeled a "goal'' when the regular season ended more than two months ago.

That's not to suggest that there haven't been efforts to do so. Indeed, at the winter meetings held earlier this month in San Diego, the organization held talks with a number of teams with the expressed intent of lopping a big salary (or two) from their current roster.

On occasion, according to industry sources, the specter of moving Mookie Betts came up, though such a trade wasn't one the Red Sox were actively pursuing.

Instead, as has been the case for much of the offseason, the Sox would far prefer to move David Price.

The reasons are two-fold.