Daily Red Sox Links: Ryan Kalish, Roger Clemens, Xander Bogaerts

BOSTON, MA: Clay Buchholz #11 of the Boston Red Sox throws against the Toronto Blue Jays in the seventh inning at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jim Rogash/Getty Images)

Ryan Kalish represents much in this current iteration of the Boston Red Sox. He's young, talented, and sometimes, in prominent situations, he reveals that he doesn't exactly know what he's doing. But when you consider where the Red Sox are now, there is no better time for Kalish to make dumb mistakes. Might as well learn while the stakes are low. (Alex Speier; WEEI.com)

Whether we like it or not, and many of us decidedly do not like it, Roger Clemens is among the handful of greatest pitchers to ever put on a Red Sox uniform. Of course, there is much more to it than just that bit of information but, The Common Man argues, when you think about everything that really matters, that's all that should matter. (The Common Man; The Score's Getting Blanked Blog)

That Xander Bogaerts was named Offensive Player of the Year by Sox Prospects should come as no surprise, but then surprise isn't an element considered in the voting process. (John Gray; Sox Prospects)

The Dodgers pushed all their chips to the center of the table when they dealt for Adrian Gonzalez, Josh Beckett, Carl Crawford, Nick Punto and their $260+ million remaining in contract obligations from the Red Sox. So how's all that working out for them? Not well, notes Peter Abraham. (Peter Abraham; Boston.com)

Perhaps the aspect of the Strasburg shutdown that bothers me the most is that, according to the Nationals, there was just no other way for them to have handled it. Maury Brown looks at some alternative ways the Nationals could have done things. (Maury Brown; Baseball Prospectus) ($$$)

With the departure of prospects guru Kevin Goldstein for a well-deserved job with the Houston Astros, Baseball Prospectus has had to move things around in their prospects department. One new name you might notice in this piece is Chris Mellon who writes excellently about Red Sox prospects at Sox Prospects. BP has done well to tap Mr. Mellon, who, I should note, has graciously joined us on the OTM Podcast in the past. Kudos to BP and congratulations to Chris. Check out his (free) work right here: (Jason Parks, Chris Mellon, Bradley Ankrom, Hudson Belinsky; Baseball Prospectus)

Are factoids contributing to the downfall of sports coverage? Maybe they are! (Noah Davis; The Classical)

The Red Sox are number 22 in Jonah Keri's power rankings. That seems generous. (Jonah Keri; Grantland)

Should the Nationals have shut down Stephen Strasburg? That's a tough one, but one thing we do know is that doing so took some serious guts. (Joe Posnanski; Sports on Earth)

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