Shortstop Jose Inglesias of the Boston Red Sox turns a double play as outfielder Denard Span of the Minnesota Twins tries to break it up during a Grapefruit League Spring Training Game at Hammond Stadium in Fort Myers, Florida. (Photo by J. Meric/Getty Images)
Heading down to spring training tomorrow so this will have to be an abbreviated Daily Links. So, don't bother dragging your kids in here to read it because it'll be over by the time they sit down.
For those of you who think Keith Law hates the Red Sox, he does. For those of you who think Keith Law hates the Yankees, he does. For those of you who think Keith Law hates the Astros, he does that too. That's because, as Dustin Parkes at The Score points out, Keith Law hates all teams equally.
Over at Baseball Prospectus, Jeff Sackmann writes that college coaches can have a strong influence over the quality of young talent.
Fan Graphs is running a series ranking teams by position, so, for example, the team with the best second basemen is the Red Sox. Dustin Pedroia will be gratified, though not satisfied, with that ranking. The Sox are third at first base and 16th at shortstop. That is a testament to the quality of shortstops around the league though, more so than a statement about the secret quality of Mike Aviles and Nick Punto.
At SI.com Will Carrol gives his report on the Red Sox team's health. It involves lots of pretty and colorful bar graphs at the end too!
Beyond the Boxscore has a graphic look at the Red Sox window to win. This graph is a statement on the quality of the Red Sox farm system. I'm not sure, in fact I doubt that Xandar Bogaerts will be a shortstop if and when he reaches the major leagues, but that's probably nit-picking, at least on some level.
Will Cole Hamels become a free agent? Maybe. Major League Baseball Trade Rumors has the story. I've been agitating for the Red Sox to break the bank for Hamels, but it seems increasingly likely that the Phillies will have the world's first $100 million rotation. Or at least, close
Ryan Westmoreland is an inspirational story. How much? Check out the article.
Finally, ha ha!