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Christopher L. Gasper

With roster revolution, Red Sox may reclaim their soul

The Red Sox rid themselves of more than $275 million in contract obligations in their mega-trade with the Los Angeles Dodgers, but they got back something much more valuable than more than a quarter of a billion dollars of financial flexibility — their baseball soul.

General manager Ben Cherington didn’t just make a baseball trade Saturday. He issued a rebuke of the way the Red Sox have done business for the last three years, breathlessly chasing buzz and throwing money around like a Kardashian. Commemorative bricks, coffee table books, plaques, membership cards, and sellout streaks don’t inspire a fan base. Winning baseball, which hasn’t been seen in these parts in a year, does.

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