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Daily Red Sox Links: Jonny Gomes, Stephen Drew, Nick Swisher

The Daily Links bring you the best Red Sox and baseball related articles from across the internet. Today's edition includes stories on Jonny Gomes' personality, Ben Cherington's offseason philosophy, and the Hall of Fame voting.


One of the most scrutinized aspect's of the Red Sox has been the attitudes in their clubhouse. With the signing of Jonny Gomes, the front office seems to be addressing that. (Brian MacPherson; Providence Journal)

Rob Bradford says there has been a method to Ben Cherington's madness with his approach thus far this offseason. (Rob Bradford;

It won't be easy, but Boston will look to catapult themselves back in the playoff picture in 2013. Christina Kahrl outlines a plan for the bounce-back. Her trade with Chicago is a bit too aggressive for my liking. (Christina Kahrl; ESPN Sweetspot Blog)

The baseball community has been using K/BB ratio as a benchmark stat for years now. Glenn DuPaul suggests that we stay away from it. (Glenn DuPaul; Beyond the Boxscore)

If the team decides not to go with Jose Iglesias at shortstop next year, Asdrubal Cabrera and Stephen Drew are two possible outside targets. Hunter Golden tries to figure out who's the better option. (Hunter Golden; Fire Brand of the AL)

There has been a lot of talk around the Red Sox signing Mike Napoli. If that doesn't happen, they also seem to be in on Nick Swisher. (Drew Silva; Hardball Talk)

The Royals have acquired some middle-of-the-road pitchers this offseason, and are reportedly looking to add a frontline starter before Spring Training. Is it possible for them to compete in 2013? (Bill Parker; Baseball Nation)

The start of winter also brings with it debates over the Hall of Fame voting. Steroid use has taken much too large of a role in these discussions, argues Buster Olney. (Buster Olney; ($$$)