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Daily Red Sox Links: Joel Hanrahan, Mark Melancon, Pedro Ciriaco

Today's links include stories on the Joel Hanrahan trade, the team's possible bench next season, and a shift in the league's perspective on free agent pitchers.

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The Red Sox haven't made any eye-popping moves this winter, but they've put together a team that should at least be respectable. There is some value in doing that. (Brian MacPherson; Providence Journal)

Obviously, the big news around Boston these days is the impending deal for Joel Hanrahan. Chad Finn has some thoughts on the still-unclear trade. (Chad Finn;

As of right now, it looks like Mark Melancon may be one of those traded to Pittsburh for Hanrahan and a mystery player. Charlie Wilmoth explains why it wouldn't be a bad get for the Pirates. (Charlie Wilworth; SBN Pittsburgh)

At this point, the Sox's starting lineup is pretty much set. Evan Brunell takes a look at who will be coming off the bench. (Evan Brunell; Fire Brand of the AL)

Dave Cameron shows that teams around baseball are putting less emphasis on run prevention this season. (Dave Cameron; Fangraphs)

Though Boston has been very active this offseason, Rob Bradford wonders whether they can survive the starless winter. (Rob Bradford;

There was a time when Scott Kazmir, Jeremy Bonderman and Rich Harden were three of the more exciting names in baseball. Now, they just want a chance to make a roster. (Rob Neyer; Baseball Nation)

Raul Ibanez came up huge for the Yankees in the playoffs this year. He also just signed a contract across the country with Seattle, which was a very strange signing. (Joe Lucia; The Outside Corner)