Daily Red Sox Links: Mike Napoli, Javier Vazquez, Andrew Bailey

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Today's links include looks back at the 2012 season, as well as looks forward to next year. Additionally, we look some changes to the league's current compensatory pick rules in free agency.

The never-ending negotiations with Mike Napoli have, well, they haven't ended yet. Because of this, Alex Speier goes over some backup options. (Alex Speier; WEEI.com)

In yesterday's links, I posted Tim Britton's column on the best wins of 2012. Now, in a much more negative light, may I present to you his worst losses of this past season. (Tim Britton; Providence Journal)

Chad Finn runs down what the 25-man roster would likely look like if the season started today, and why more optimism should be in the air. (Chad Finn; Boston.com)

I give you reasons for optimism, and I take said optimism away. Check out who the Sox are planning to scout at the end of the week. (Rob Bradford; WEEI.com)

When a pitcher signs with an NL team, it's very rare that someone discusses their ability to hit. Sam Miller wonders if we should look into that aspect of a pitcher's game a bit harder from now on. (Sam Miller; Baseball Prospectus)

Hunter Golden, much like Mr. Finn above, is cautiously optimistic about this 2013 Red Sox team. (Hunter Golden; Fire Brand of the AL)

With this being the Hall of Fame season, and with the arguments getting more and more speculative with more "steroid guys" joining the ballot every year, Grant Brisbee is on a quest for the most asinine arguments out there. (Grant Brisbee; Baseball Nation)

With guys like Adam LaRoche, Kyle Lohse and Michael Bourn still on the free agent market, some have wondered if the next CBA will alter the current rules involving compensatory picks. (Dave Cameron; Fangraphs)

Andrew Bailey isn't dwelling on the fact that he's been demoted from the closer role. (Scott Lauber; Boston Herald)

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