Daily Red Sox Links: Hall of Fame, Jon Lester, Mike Napoli

Claus Andersen

The Daily Links bring you the best Red Sox and baseball related stories from across the internet. Today's edition includes articles on the Hall of Fame ballot, Mike Napoli's fit in Boston, and yesterday's biggest free agent signing.

Yesterday, the Hall of Fame ballot was announced and the steroid-laden debates are about to ensue. Here, Peter Abraham discusses how he's changed his views on the topic over the past few years. It's a really encouraging read. (Peter Abraham; Boston.com)

Despite Abraham's changed ways, it's very likely that enough writers will dismiss any rumored steroid user in their voting. This could prevent Barry Bonds and Roger Clemens from entering the hall, which is ludicrous. (Craig Calcaterra; Hardball Talk)

Over the past few days, rumors of a Jon Lester-Wil Myers deal have been rampant. Hunter Golden tries to bring some sense to the discussion. (Hunter Golden; Fire Brand of the AL)

Brian MacPherson also has some thoughts on this year's Hall of Fame ballot. (Brian MacPherson; Providence Journal)

Over at Baseball Nation, Grant Brisbee has put together a list of the five best pitches of the 2012 season. Here are the top five from that list, with an unfortunate Daniel Nava gif included. (Grant Brisbee; Baseball Nation)

Lately, it's becoming more and more apparent that Mike Napoli is at the top of Ben Cherington's free agent wishlist. Alex Speier explains why. (Alex Speier; WEEI.com)

Former Ray B.J. Upton signed a five year, $75 million contract with the Braves yesterday, leaving the market thinner by one top-level outfielder. (Jeff Sullivan; Fangraphs)

On Tuesday, Carlos Ruiz was suspended 25 games after testing positive for Adderall. Jason Wojciechowski calls for his banishment. (Jason Wojciechowski; Platoon Advantage)

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