As for the farm system quality, in almost 20 years now of frquenting discussion forums, I think every forum in every year for every team has been convinved their teams current crop of prospects had 4 future stars and another dozen quality major leaguers. We didn't need Clemens because we had Suppan Rose and Pavano; we didn't need MoVaughn because we had Dernell Stenson, we didn't need Willie McGee because we had no place to play him. Lars Anderson was going to replace David Ortiz. Scott Cooper meant Wade Boggs could go to the Yankees.
Not disagreeing in that the Sox might have thought that Suppan, Rose, and Pavano would fill in nicely, but I think the fact that Clemens was 40-39 over the 4 years of his last contract and wearing a fat suit had more than a little something to do with why we parted ways with him. ,