I agree with 1-4 and I think it is huge in giving the Sox the flexibility to make some major moves. It's the difference between the Sox and the Cubs, who had to wait until salary cleared before starting their rebuild. I don't get 5 and without an example of a club giving up an overpriced veteran and some prospects, I just don't see it. It reminds me of bygone days of the St. Louis Browns selling players to make payroll. No team is that desperate anymore.
Home attendance record 8-12.