Daily Red Sox Links: John Farrell, Matt Garza, Garin Cecchini

Ezra Shaw

Today's edition of the links brings you stories on topics including the revolving door in the back of the bullpen, the difference made by the new skipper this season, and some players to avoid this trading season.

In the All-Star Game on Tuesday, there was a great moment with it being Mariano Rivera's last trip to the event. The celebration of the all-time greatest closer only served to highlight Boston's missteps in that department. (Alex Speier; WEEI.com)

Arguably the two biggest names on the trade block this summer are Matt Garza and Cliff Lee, and Ben Shapiro says the Red Sox should stay away. (Ben Shapiro; Masslive.com)

Chad Finn asks the interesting question of just how much of a difference John Farrell has made in replacing Bobby Valentine. (Chad Finn; Boston.com)

A look at some of the best storylines for the upcoming second-half of the MLB season. (Baseball Prospectus Staff)

As most people are looking at the best trade targets for the Red Sox, Hunter Golden looks at players the team should avoid. (Hunter Golden; Fire Brand of the AL)

Garin Cecchini is pretty okay at baseball, and Brian MacPherson searches for secrets to his success. (Brian MacPherson; Providence Journal)

Fan-favorite Alex Rodriguez is hoping to return to action on Monday, meaning he'll miss this weekend's series against Boston. (DJ Short; Hardball Talk)

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