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Daily Red Sox Links: Ben Cherington, Lance Berkman, Giancarlo Stanton

Bringing you the best in Red Sox and baseball-related writing on the internet, today's Red Sox Daily Links updates you on the Red Sox off-season plans, the 40 man roster crunch, and the Red Sox release their Spring Training schedule.

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Ben Cherington answered some questions about the negotiations with now-free agent Cody Ross, the catching situation, and the off-season plans for the Red Sox. (Peter Abraham; The Boston Globe)

The baseball season is over, but baseball never ends. The Arizona Fall League just finished up and the Red Sox had some players participating, including prospect Bryce Brentz. How did they do? Alex Speier talks to some scouts who were watching. (Alex Speier;

According to the player himself, Lance Berkman has been contacted by several different teams including the Red Sox. What about he didn't say. (Joseph Duarte; Houston Chronicle)

If, like me, you look forward to Spring Training like you are six-years-old and it's Christmas eve, the news that the Red Sox have released their 2013 Spring Training schedule is smile-inducing. (Ian Browne;

The Rule 5 draft is coming up and the Red Sox have to protect some of their prospects from being taken by other teams. But they can't protect everyone. Mike Andrews of Sox Prospects takes a look at what the team will have to do and what it likely will do. (Mike Andrews; Sox Prospects via ESPN Boston)

The excellent Sam Miller examines some trades that could pry Giancarlo Stanton from Miami's cheap, cheap hands. (Sam Miller; Baseball Prospectus) (free!)

It's incredible the little tidbits that Gordon Edes just nonchalantly drops into this column ostensibly about what usually happens in the baseball world around this time of year. (Gordon Edes; ESPN Boston)

Fan Graphs prospect guru Mike Newman examines Red Sox third base prospect Garin Cecchini. With video! (Mike Newman; Fan Graphs)

Yesterday our own Brendan O'Toole wrote an excellent piece on why the huge salary dumping trades that the Red Sox and Marlins made recently are viewed differently. If you missed it you can read it here. Over at Hardball Times, Scott Spratt (who's cat will eat no fat) wrote a piece that compares the same two deals and finds that they both were good baseball trades, even if the common perception is quite different. (Scott Spratt; The Hardball Times)