Daily Red Sox Links: Craig Breslow, Josh Beckett, Clay Buchholz

July 31, 2012; Boston, MA, USA; Boston Red Sox second baseman Pedro Ciriaco (77) hits an RBI single during the fourth inning against the Detroit Tigers at Fenway Park. Mandatory Credit: Bob DeChiara-US PRESSWIRE

Obviously, the biggest story today is what went down in yesterday's trade deadline. There were many rumors surrounding this Red Sox team, including unloading any of Josh Beckett, Jon Lester, Jarrod Saltalamacchia and Kelly Shoppach. For now, all four of those guys remain on the team. The only move that affected the major league roster was trading Matt Albers and Scott Podsednik for LHP Craig Breslow. As Tim Britton points out, this trade deadline shows that the team never really figured out whether they were buyers or sellers. (Tim Britton; Providence Journal)

  • Yesterday morning, Tony Massarotti wrote a column that declared that the Red Sox would be smart to become sellers before yesterday's trade deadline by trading away some key pieces for this year and beyond. Surprisingly, Cherington and company didn't heed his advice. (Tony Massarotti; Boston.com)
  • Curious as to who Craig Breslow and Steven Wright are? John Leary was nice enough to provide us with a nice little primer on both deals made by the Sox yesterday. (John Leary; Green Line Outfit)
  • A large section of Red Sox fans was clamoring for the team to move on from alleged club house cancer Josh Beckett. Rob Bradford sheds some logic on how silly this idea was. (Rob Bradford; WEEI.com)

  • It's been a tumultuous start of the Bobby V era here in Boston. There have been many explanations for why the season has gone the way it has, but none of them really work on their own. Alex Convery tries to wade through the mess of excuses for this team. (Alex Convery; Fire Brand of the AL)
  • Think it's tough being a Red Sox fan right now? Try being a Phillies fan, who are left rooting for a perennial winner who suddenly became major sellers this year. (Bill Baer; Crashburn Alley)
  • Confused and overwhelmed by all the trades made around the league yesterday? Fangraphs provided us with a list of all of the deals that were made, and included links to some analysis for each deal. Oh, and there's a fun little shot at us in the first comment. (Dave Cameron; Fangraphs)
  • Pardon the shameless plug, but I wrote about Clay Buchholz's impressive run as of late. He may not be pitching like a true number one pitcher, but he's been a huge improvement over what the team's been getting out of its starting pitching this season. (Matt Collins; newenglandsportsnews.com)

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