Just hours after the Red Sox and the Los Angeles Dodgers tied down one of the most extraordinary deals in baseball history, there was an immediate impact on the field of play for both teams.
The Red Sox offloaded big names and big earners to the Dodgers, with Josh Beckett, Adrian Gonzalez and Carl Crawford offloaded as Boston opted for a change of tack in player recruitment.
They paid the Dodgers a reported 11 million US dollars (£6.95 million) to take that trio, who were on contracts worth 270 million US dollars (£170million).
Six other players were involved in the trade, with Nick Punto also heading to LA as five Dodgers players moved to Fenway Park.
If not heralding an age of austerity, the deal brings a sense of realism and calm to Boston after extravagant investment.
With Boston languishing fourth in the American League East, general manager Ben Cherington said: "I think we recognise that we are not who we want to be right now.
"And it's been a large enough sample performance going back to last year that we felt like in order to be the team that we want to be on the field, we needed to make more than cosmetic changes.
"So as we look forward to this off-season, we felt like the opportunity to build that we need, that the fans deserve that we want, required more of a bold move to give us an opportunity to really reshape the roster, reshape the team.
"It was a difficult thing to do, to trade away four players like this."