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Daily Red Sox Links: Ryan Dempster, Stephen Drew, R.A. Dickey

Today's links include stories on the Ryan Dempster signing, the Sox's offseason strategy, and the potential R.A. Dickey trade.


Last Thursday, the Red Sox finally made a move to solidify their starting rotation, signing Ryan Dempster to a two-year deal. Brian MacPherson has some analysis. (Brian MacPherson; Providence Journal)

Including the Dempster signing, the Red Sox have made mostly solid, if un-sexy, moves this offseason. Alex Speier tries to explain their rationale. (Alex Speier;

The next move Boston may try to make will to bring in som reinforcement at shortstop. According to Jayson Stark, they may have interest in Stephen Drew. (ESPN Boston)

In AL East news, the Blue Jays have reportedly agreed to a trade in which they receive reigning NL Cy Young award winner R.A. Dickey, pending his agreement to a contract extension. (Matt Sullivan; MLB Daily Dish)

On the surface, Toronto looks to be making an extremely similar deal to what Kansas City made last week, which they got blasted for. Dave Cameron explains the difference. (Dave Cameron; Fangraphs)

In other AL East news, the Yankees signed old friend Kevin Youkilis. The former Red Sock is not worried about his old fans' reaction to him in pinstripes. (Nick Cafardo;

With the recent activity around the game, Ben Lindbergh looks at how top prospects have performed after being traded. (Ben Lindbergh; Baseball Prospectus) ($$$)

In some uplifting news, the Yankees are reportedly looking into trading for the underpaid Vernon Wells. (Drew Silva; Hardball Talk)