Former Red Sox GM Theo Espstein, appearing on WEEI's Hot Stove show, said he feels the Red Sox are "headed in a great direction" after their disastrous 2012 season. According to Epstein, "investing in the future" and "taking the long view" could be the ironic benefit of all the calamity that started in September of 2011. Epstein marvelled at the scope of The Great Punto Trade with the Dodgers, but downplays the much ballyhooed "financial flexibility" aspect of the deal. He claims such flexibility is less important now with the new CBA rules that restrict teams from—for example—dumping cash into the amateur market. The Cubs President is much more impressed with the two pitching prospects the Sox got back from LA—Rubby De La Rosa and Allen Webster. He thinks both can be top of the rotation pitchers that can make the deal "transformative" for the Carmine Hose.