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Daily Red Sox Links: Will Middlebrooks, David Ross, Brian McCann

Today's links look at the patience being displayed by the Red Sox front office, a possible bounce-back year for Will Middlebrooks, and the Hall of Fame ballot.

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Despite the conversation this offseason generally being dominated by possible new faces, Will Middlebrooks could be one of the biggest keys to the 2014 season. (Alex Speier;

Boston's relative inactivity so far hasn't been fun to follow, but it could pay dividends. (Chad Finn;

David Ross had a hell of a ride this fall, but he says he's ready for things to get back to normal. (Gordon Edes; ESPN Boston)

Brian McCann would have been a nice get for the Red Sox, but his match with the Yankees may have made the most sense of any pairing this winter. (Bill Chuck; Gammons Daily)

Though McCann and Carlos Ruiz are off the market, the Red Sox still can take their pick to fill the hole behind the plate. (Scott Lauber; Boston Herald)

It's Hall of Fame season again, and this year's ballot is loaded. (Dave Cameron; Fangraphs)

Brian McCann may not be the only Red Sox target who winds up in New York. (Jason Mastrodonato;

George Kottaras could have been an interesting backup plan at catcher, but he'll be heading to Chicago. (Aaron Gleeman; Hardball Talk)

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