I guess Michael morse isn't known to many people?
If Salty doesn't work out, McCann is one of the 2 or 3 best C in baseball.
If they need pitching, Lincecum, Wainright, Johnson, Stauffer, Floyd, Haren are all solid, proven SP.
Adam Jones, Pence, Morse (again), Cruz, Hart and Gordon all offer production in different forms, and I'm sure most could learn to play 1B just fine if that's where the Sox had a need.
Who's available this year? Hamilton, Greinke, and...........................
Yes, I forgot Votto's LONG deal. Yes, Cano is likely to be extended, but that still leaves a lot mroe talent to explore. Teams are going to overpay, just like the Sox did with Lackey, because there is so little available. I'm trying to AVOID the mistakes the Sox have been making, not repeat them...or prove I can defeat a deck stacked against me.
If the Sox gave Hamilton 4/80, and he missed a month next year...what would fans be saying? Then would I expect him to be getting better at 34? It's just a bad idea, he's far too risky.
It's true players don't become available, and at ages they used to. So, either invest in producing your own, or target guys and go trade for them at an earlier age (gonzalez). Not target them through their prime, and give them stupid-long deals at 30 (crawford). And though everyone was happy with GOnzalez at the time...he played well, but not 22mil well, so fans wern't happy with him. 20mil+ a year is a resipe for disaster, even if the guy hits because he needs to hit, hit for power, be a leader, and not get injured for fans to be happy and feel like he lived up to the deal. That's not realistic.