I have to say, I'm a little disappointed that the Red Sox didn't acquire Johan Santana. The prospect of having Johan Santana, Josh Beckett, Curt Schilling and Clay Buchholz all in the same rotation was mouthwatering. Was Santana truly necessary for the Red Sox? No.
The Red Sox still have what most consider to be the second best rotation in the league. And I'm elated to see Jacoby Ellsbury return to the Red Sox. If nothing more, Ellsbury is a thrilling spark plug. Even if he doesn't turn out to be the next Ichiro, Ellsbury certainly has the OBP ability and blazing speed to be a dangerous leadoff hitter.
But I have to wonder if the Red Sox are overvaluing Jon Lester. The Red Sox reportedly weren't willing to give up Lester when the Twins came to them, asking for the team's best offer. Of course, other players would have been involved in a Santana deal. It will be interesting to reevaluate the trade that wasn't once Lowrie and Masterson have made the majors as well.
There's a chance that Lowrie could replace Lugo as early as next year. Masterson is probably a year or two away from being a major league ready starter but he may find a spot in the Red Sox bullpen as early as next year. Some speculated that he could immediately become the closer for the Twins.