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Daily Red Sox Links: Dustin Pedroia, Terry Francona, Rubby De La Rosa

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Today's edition includes a nice anecdote about Dustin Pedroia, a plan-B for first base, and Rubby De La Rosa's push to make the big-league roster.


A big area of concern for the Red Sox over the past few years has been the team's clubhouse culture. Assistant GM Mike Hazen fills us in on some stories about Dustin Pedroia, and how he can change the broken culture. (Alex Speier;

The big story around this team yesterday was some excerpts from Terry Francona's new book, which chronicles his time with the team. (Tim Britton; Providence Journal)

In what has seemingly been a never-ending process, Mike Napoli still hasn't signed a contract to play in Boston. If the deal falls through, Justin Smoak could be a solid plan-B. (Timothy Brooks; Fire Brand of the AL)

It's the dead-point in the offseason, and not too much is happening around baseball. Michael Clair gives us some fun pitching statistics to admire while we wait for real baseball stuff to happen. (Michael Clair; Platoon Advantage)

Don't tell Majestic that Mike Napoli hasn't signed yet, because they've already made his jerseys available to the public. (Peter Abraham;

Rubby De La Rosa wants to be a starter, but he's ready to win any role he can coming out of Spring Training. (Ian Browne;

The Nationals were already looking like possible World Series favorites, and then they went out and signed Rafael Soriano yesterday. (Aaron Gleeman; Hardball Talk)

Scott Boras has said that MLB teams' payrolls aren't keeping up with the booming revenue that the sport has seen recently. Wendy Thurm takes a look at whether or not his claim is valid. (Wendy Thurm; Fangraphs)

The Red Sox may not have a ton of players in the World Baseball Classic this year, but it's looking like their number one prospect will be there. (Gordon Edes; ESPN Boston)