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Daily Red Sox Links: Ryan Dempster, Stephen Drew, Jacoby Ellsbury

Today's links include stories on the Ryan Dempster signing, the Mike Napoli negotiations, and a projection for the AL East.


Yesterday, the Red Sox officially announced the signing of Ryan Dempster. He was quick to downplay the chatter of his potential struggles in his transition to the American League. (Gary Dzen;

Alex Speier says that Stephen Drew is a gamble worth taking. While I think his comparison to the Adrian Beltre deal is a bit excessive, I agree with his general points. (Alex Speier;

There have been a number of people who have had problems with the Red Sox signing Dempster. Hunter Golden tries to prove the nay-sayers wrong. (Hunter Golden; Fire Brand of the AL)

Last week we learned that the Mike Napoli contract may be restructured due to his physical results. Ben Cherington says their is nothing to report at this time. (Gordon Edes; ESPN Boston)

The offseason can present a lot of confusing situations involving contracts and how they can be voided or extended. Wendy Thurm gives a thorough explanation of the mutual option. (Wendy Thurm; Fangraphs)

Dan Szymborski, the creator of ZiPS, forecasts the AL East, given the Blue Jays' recent moves. (Dan Szymborski; ($$$)

Ben Shapiro updates us on the developments on the Jacoby Ellsbury trade front. (Ben Shapiro;

Drew Fairservice takes a look at the topic of teams' windows to win, and how they relate to the Nick Swisher market. (Drew Fairservice; The Score Blog)