Daily Red Sox Links: Bobby Valentine, Tim Bogar, Daniel Bard

Bumping up Jon Lester's win total takes precedence over Jose Iglesias getting to finish his at bats. Good to know. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-US PRESSWIRE

Bobby Valentine defended his decision to pinch hit for Jose Iglesias mid-at-bat with his trademark blend of incredulousness, non-sense, and condescension, and surprisingly, he managed to take that maneuver from "makes no sense" to "just another stupid move." He also talks Tim Bogar. Just don’t ask him about when Joe Madden gets to the park. (The Big Show: WEEI)

The Houston Astros are getting a head-start on their managerial search and the Red Sox bench coach Tim Bogar is one of several qualified candidates for the job. Many of these names could find there way on the Red Sox list if when they decide to part ways with Valentine (Reid Laymance: Houston Chronicle)

One thing is certain, if the Red Sox are going to hire a new manager, they need to do it quickly (Nick Carfardo: Boston Globe)

A new manager isn’t the only thing that the Red Sox need to find for 2013. Current first baseman James Loney is a free agent at the end of the season and Mauro Gomez is the only internal option at this point. The free agent market does have some intriguing options (Steve Peterson: BoSox Injection)

Daniel Bard has gone through a lot this year. He was a disaster as a starter, now he is a disaster as a reliever. Is it time to him shutdown? Kirk Minihane says yes (Kirk Minihane: WEEI.com).

President Larry Lucchino is still optimistic about the Red Sox in the near future, in part because he would like to see them begin to be more aggressive in promoting their top talent (ESPNBoston).

Lucchino’s comments might have you wondering where Bryce Brentz and Xander Bogaerts are this month; Tim Britton reminds us that there are always consequences for the 40 man roster with such call ups. (Tim Britton: Providence Journal)

This one is a few days old, but since it is the incomparable Joe Posnanski and since he is dropping some extremely interesting tibits about Red Sox special advisor Bill James’ fall from grace in the organization, better late then never. Spoiler alert: He never wanted Carl Crawford- Shocking! I know. (Joe Posnanski: Sports On Earth)

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