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Daily Red Sox Links: Juan Nieves, Jason Bay, Justin Upton

The Daily Links bring you the best Red Sox and baseball related stories from across the internet. Today's edition includes articles on Juan Nieves' relationship with John Farrell, the first baseman free agent class, and a possible trade target.

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Yesterday, it was reported that Juan Nieves would be the next pitching coach for the Red Sox. He and John Farrell have a history that goes way back. (Alex Speier;

One of the toughest positions to fill this winter will be first base, which has a very weak free agent class. (Chip Buck; Fire Brand of the AL)

The Mets and Jason Bay came to an agreement yesterday to void the final year of his contract, making him a free agent. Could he be a possible target for the Red Sox this offseason? (ESPN Boston)

As has been reported all year, it seems the Diamondbacks are still pursuing trade offers for Justin Upton. It has seemed like the Red Sox may try to get involved, but it's still uncertain if they will go through with it. (Drew Silva; Hardball Talk)

There is a lot to do with this roster before Spring Training begins next year. In order to get all of it done, Ben Cherington may have to get creative. (Pete Abraham;

It seems like whenever we're about to forget about PED use, someone tests positive. This time, it was Yasmani Grandal from San Diego. (Jeff Sullivan; Fangraphs)

Free agency is always a fun time in baseball, but as Boston fans surely know, they can often disappoint. Marc Normandin lays out five guys who could fail that are available this winter. (Marc Normandin; Baseball Nation)

Even though it's the offseason, there will be plenty of events going on. Here's a rundown of the important dates until the start of next season. (Michael Clair; Platoon Advantage)