Justin K. Aller
Today's links include more analysis of the still-undecided Joel Hanrahan trade, some discussion of this year's Hall of Fame ballot, and a look at some of the best Red Sox stories of the year.
I hope everyone had a nice holiday, and weren't too broken up over the short break we took yesterday. Here's to hoping the Joel Hanrahan trade's full details are revealed soon!
It's been the widely accepted premise that the Red Sox weren't really planning on going all-in to contend in 2013. Does trading for a guy like Hanrahan contradict that perspective? (Alex Speier; WEEI.com)
One of the biggest topics of discussion around baseball this time of year surrounds the annual Hall of Fame ballot. The everlasting steroid scandal makes this year's ballot especially controversial. Peter Abraham goes over the ballot he will send in. (Peter Abraham; Boston.com)
Hanrahan has had a lot of success the past few years, but his whole career hasn't been so fortunate. In fact, John Tomase says Daniel Bard could learn a lot from the Sox's newest pitcher. (John Tomase; Boston Herald)
One of the Red Sox's targets all offseason, Nick Swisher, left the market this past weekend, signing in Cleveland. How much of an upgrade is he over Shin-Soo Choo, if at all? (Bryan Grosnick; Platoon Advantage)
It's the end of the calendar year, so we're about to encounter a number of top-10 lists. Here's one regarding the best Red Sox stories from 2012. (Ben Shapiro; Masslive.com)