Daily Red Sox Links: Felix Doubront, Brad Ausmus, John Farrell

Joy R. Absalon-US PRESSWIRE - Presswire

The Daily Links bring you the best baseball and Red Sox related stories from around the internet. Today's edition includes articles on Felix Doubront's impressive rookie year, some possible outside starting pitching options, and some of the nastiest pitches in baseball.

The Red Sox had some major issues with their rotation last season, and are definitely looking for improvement there. After an impressive first full season as a starter, Felix Doubront will work to get better and be a part of that improvement. (Brian MacPherson; Providence Journal)

While they have some in-house options on hand, the team will likely look outside of the organization for more help in the rotation. Hunter Golden mulls over some possible pitchers. (Hunter Golden; Fire Brand of the AL)

Yesterday, the Red Sox continued their interview process for the vacant managerial position with Brad Ausmus. Alex Speier takes a closer look at the candidate. (Alex Speier; WEEI.com)

One of the most talked-about names of this managerial search has been John Farrell. While they've been interviewing other candidates, he still remains a viable option. (Gordon Edes; ESPN Boston)

Blake Murphy takes a look at the nastiest pitches across the league. (Blake Murphy; Beyond the Box Score)

As we all know, MLB added an additional wild card to each league this season. With this new era upon us, here's a list of the best teams from the eight-team playoff team era. (Richard Barbieri; Hardball Times)

One of the big stories around baseball lately has been Alex Rodriguez's struggles and subsequent benchings. Tony Massarotti thinks the Red Sox missing out on his services nine years ago was a blessing. (Tony Massarotti; Boston.com)

I really have never understood the hatred towards Joe Buck as an announcer. I don't think he's great, but I don't think he's nearly as bad as he's made out to be. Will Leitch agrees. (Will Leitch; Sports on Earth)

Old friend Terry Francona has recently been hired as Cleveland's manager. Former bench coach Brad Mills looks like he'll be joining his staff in some capacity. (Aaron Gleeman; Hardball Talk)

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