Daily Red Sox Links: Bobby Valentine, Drake Britton, John Farrell

SEATTLE, WA: Manager Bobby Valentine #25 of the Boston Red Sox looks on during the game against the Seattle Mariners at Safeco Field in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images)

Bobby Valentine used to be fun. Maybe not so much in Boston as elsewhere, but this is the guy who put on Groucho glasses and hid in his own dugout after being ejected. He's the same guy who put on tight bike shorts and rode around Fort Myers this spring. Now, if you've listened to his public comments recently, he's not that guy anymore. All the drama surrounding the team, whether Valentine created some portion of it himself or not, is clearly hurting him. (Emma Span; Sports on Earth)

Bobby Valentine may or may not be fighting to save his job but he's definitely fighting to save himself. (Alex Speier; WEEI.com)

The name John Farrell keeps floating around the Red Sox. If it's a fait accompli that Bobby Valentine will go on his merry way after this season, then the Red Sox will need someone new to step into the manager's office and water the ferns. Farrell, given his history in Boston and his continued familiarity with the organization could be the choice. But, should the Blue Jays give him up? (Dustin Parkes; The Score)

One of the more intriguing arms in the Red Sox system is that of Drake Britton. The problem up to this season though has been translating that into on-field performance. Here's Chris Mellon on Britton's start a week ago for the Double-A Portland Sea Dogs. (Chris Mellon; Sox Prospects)

Is all this Bobby Valentine's fault? (Alex Remington; Fan Graphs)

The folks at The Score's Getting Blanked blog tend to do an excellent job. One of their reoccurring features is I Watched This On Purpose which, as you might guess from the name, is an article about a game that they normally wouldn't have watched had they not been required to. This week's episode features the Red Sox in Seattle. Just another example of how low the Red Sox have sunk. (Drew Fairservice; The Score)

Looks like the Red Sox and Yankees will match up again in the playoffs. In Triple-A, that is. (Aaron Goldsmith; 45 Miles From Fenway)

Just because you won't be in the playoffs doesn't mean you can't ruin some other team's chances. Here's a look at the impact that non-contenders can have on the playoff races. (Jay Jaffe; SI.com)

Is Zack Stewart, the prize for surrendering Kevin Youkilis, pitching better than his stats say? It's a definite maybe. (Mike Scandura; Fire Brand of the AL)

Twins Medical Staff: A Disaster Movie (not really, but their record isn't the best). (The Common Man; The Platoon Advantage)

Examining a study's claim that there is racism in baseball broadcast booths. (Russell E. Carleton; Baseball Prospectus)

Finally, as Allan at Joy of Sox notes, sadly this picture pretty much sums it all up. (Allan; Joy of Sox)

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