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Daily Red Sox Links: Bobby Valentine, Mike Aviles, Cody Ross

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Daily Red Sox Links brings you the best in Red Sox and baseball-related writing from around the internet. Today's features piecs on the Red Sox coaching situation, Mike Aviles unhappiness, and the decision facing Cody Ross.

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So glad that's over. So so glad.

So yeah, that's probably it for the Bobby Valentine era. The axe could fall as soon as today. We'll of course keep you up to date here at OTM. (Jon Heyman; CBS Sports)

Bobby V is probably a gonner, but his coaching staff has no idea what will go down. They could stay or go, and especially so for Bullpen coach Gary Tuck who is a sought after guy and he may (or may not!) decide to stick around, depending. (Gordon Edes; ESPN Boston)

The Red Sox have some decisions to make. One involves free agent Cody Ross who sounds like he's open to returning, despite the horrific mess that was the 2012 season. (Brian MacPherson; The Providence Journal)

Few players began their Red Sox careers with more promise and ended them with less... I don't even know what to call it. Relevance? Daisuke Matsuzaka was a huge deal before he came to Boston, but now, a scant six seasons later, he'll be lucky to get a Spring Training invite. (Alex Speier; WEEI.com)

Things may or may not get mean as the Red Sox attempt to close this chapter as quickly as possible, but already Bobby Valentine is calling out his coaching staff (The Boston Globe) and even the team's medical policies (Alex Speier; WEEI.com)

Mike Aviles would have liked to have played more over the last month and isn't particularly happy about it. (Joe McDonald; ESPN Boston)

A scouting report from Sox Prospects scout Ian Cundall. (Ian Cundall; Sox Prospects)

Ever wonder how they get those AL East Champions t-shirts to the winning team so quickly? Well the answer is simple if you think about it: they make shirts and hats for both teams. So what happened to that 2004 World Series Champion Cardinals merchandise? Good question! (Chris Creamer; The Score)

The folks at Baseball Prospectus put together their staff picks in the major award categories, then compiled them all into one ballot. (Baseball Prospectus) (free)

The Red Sox will have the seventh pick in next year's draft. That's a protected pick (i.e. they can't lose it for signing a free agent), and it's the earliest they've drafted in a long time. (Brian MacPherson; The Providence Journal)

Soon it'll be time for Bobby Valentine to update his resume and cover letter. Here is what that might look like. (Michael Clair; The Platoon Advantage)

Figuring out the proper adjustments for various ballparks is complicated to the point where sometimes we get it wrong. (Jeff Sullivan; Fan Graphs)