Daily Red Sox Links: Will Middlebrooks, Jacoby Ellsbury, Daniel Bard

Kim Klement-US PRESSWIRE

Today's links include stories on the new Will Middlebrooks, Jacoby Ellsbury's future, and the approach the Red Sox have taken with their shortstop situation.

Last season, Will Middlebrooks keenly watched the veterans and how they presented themselves in the clubhouse. The 24-year-old has put those visual notes to good use, as he has unveiled a new, veteran-like character. (Alex Speier; WEEI.com)

Jacoby Ellsbury, who is entering his free agent year with utmost confidence and optimism, holds his future in his hands. (Gordon Edes; ESPNBoston.com)

The Red Sox are electing to go with offensive ability over defensively excellence at short. (Brian MacPherson; Providence Journal)

Daniel Bard pitched in a simulated game yesterday. He said he felt like his old self. (Michael Silverman; Boston Herald)

There's more to the Red Sox' minor-league pitching depth than just Rubby De La, Allen Webster and Matt Barnes. (Mike Andrews, ESPNBoston.com)

The esteemed, award-winning Bob Ryan believes WAR is "complete nonsense." (Bob Ryan; Boston Globe) ($$$)

There's war on Ryan's war on WAR:

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