Daily Red Sox Links: Jose Iglesias, Ryan Lavarnway, Will Middlebrooks

ST. PETERSBURG - Pitching coach Randy Niemann #68 of the Boston Red Sox talks with pitcher Daisuke Matsuzaka #18 during the game against the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field on September 19, 2012 in St. Petersburg, Florida. (Photo by J. Meric/Getty Images)
  • Right now, the Red Sox roster has four middle infield-types occupying it. One of them, Dustin Pedroia, is in no danger of losing playing time, as he's proven himself as one of the top second basemen in the game. However, Bobby Valentine also has to find a way to get Mike Aviles, Jose Iglesias and Pedro Ciriaco into the lineup as well. (John Lembo; ESPN Boston)
  • One thing that Red Sox fans have gotten used to rooting for this team over the past decade or so has been outstanding plate approach. This year, however, the lineup has gotten away from this, as Rich Levine points out. (Rich Levine; CSN New England)
  • The other day, I wrote about how Ryan Lavarnway has struggled at the plate in his short time in the majors in 2012. While his bat is still struggling, he seems to be coming into his own as a defensive catcher, feeling much more comfortable behind the plate. (Pete Abraham; Boston.com)
  • Chip Buck, from Fire Brand of the American League, is a great Red Sox writer, who also happens to be gay. Yesterday, he had shared some of his thoughts regarding the recent controversy surrounding Yunel Escobar. (Chip Buck; Fire Brand of the AL)

  • One of the trends going around baseball these days is locking up young players through their arbitration years to keep their cost controlled. Tim Britton looks at when the Red Sox may look to do that with Will Middlebrooks. (Tim Britton; Providence Journal)
  • One of the big topics being debated lately is how much Miguel Cabrera potentially winning the Triple Crown would affect the AL MVP voting. Mike Trout should still win the award, but there's no debating how amazing Cabrera's season has been. (Grant Brisbee; Baseball Nation)
  • Between Mike Trout, Bryce Harper, Jurickson Profar and, more locally, Will Middlebrooks, there have been many young phenoms joining the major-league ranks this year. Tuesday night, the Orioles called up top pitching prospect Dylan Bundy, adding him to the list. (Jeff Sullivan; Fangraphs)
  • For a long time, the AL East has been assumed as the top division in all of baseball. Yesterday, Craig Calcaterra looked into whether or not that's been the case this year. (Craig Calcaterra; Hardball Talk)
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