Possible trades and aquistions for the RedSox which didn't happen where the Yankees trumped the Rdsox this year: 1) Arod deal fell through for Boston, so Redsox kept Manny Ramirez who is the MVP of world series. NY had to trade Sorriano to get ARod.
I would have been happier with Ordonez and A-Rod than with Cabrera and Ramirez, but that's just me.
2) Expos told RSox that they didn't have enough to get Vasquez, so RSox turned to plan B (Schilling).
I don't think this was a situation where they wouldn't have signed Schilling if they'd been able to trade for Vasquez... Also, I think the Sox weren't that interested in Vasquez.
3) BSox almost traded Lowe for Loiaza before the Yankees again trumped BSox, and got the player Boston wanted
The trade that was most likely to happen was trading Lowe for Milton or Milwood, which may or may not have been a good trade, but Lowe wasn't any good until the ALCS/WS, he sucked bad until then.
3) Yankees beat RSox in signing COntreras
Contreras is a good pitcher, if you look at his record, almost all of his losses were to to the Red Sox.