Daily Red Sox Links: David Ortiz, Craig Breslow, Shunsuke Wantanabe

Scott Rovak-USA TODAY Sports

Today's links look at why the Red Sox shouldn't wait to extend a couple of core players, the booming talent in the farm system, and one less option on the outfield market.

Patience is typically an admirable quality for a baseball team, but it may not be the best strategy for the Red Sox regarding David Ortiz and Jon Lester. (Rob Bradford; WEEI.com)

There has been talk over the past couple of years about a bridge to the next great Red Sox core. Well, it may finally be time for those players to start making an impact. (John Tomase; Boston Herald)

Jeff Sullivan looks at how teams tend to perform after losing a star-caliber player, something the Yankees will be dealing with after seeing Robinson Cano bolt to Seattle. (Jeff Sullivan; Fangraphs)

The market for left-handed relief pitching has exploded this winter, making the Red Sox deal with Craig Breslow look even more desirable. (Tim Britton; Providence Journal)

Should David Ortiz have won Sports Illustrated's Sportsman of the Year? (Ben Shapiro; Masslive.com)

The Red Sox made a minor move yesterday, bringing Japanese pitcher Shunsuke Wantanabe into the organization, while releasing Chris Carpenter to go play in Japan. (ESPN Boston)

Franklin Gutierrez seemed like possible outfield insurance for the Red Sox, but is close to a deal to return to Seattle. (Drew Silva; Hardball Talk)

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