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Daily Red Sox Links: Will Middlebrooks, Stephen Drew, David Ortiz

Today's links look at stories including what Will Middlebrooks needs to improve for 2014, some encouraging words about Xander Bogaerts, and why this winter shouldn't damper any excitement around this team.

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Will Middlebrooks has a big season for his career coming up in 2014, and a key for him will be to add some plate discipline to his power. (Brian MacPherson; Providence Journal)

It's looking more and more like the Red Sox should bring back Stephen Drew. (Josh Cookson; Fire Brand of the AL)

Xander Bogaerts got some high praise from a Hall of Fame shortstop. (Scott Lauber; Boston Herald)

After suffering through some unfortunate injury luck in his Red Sox career, Ryan Kalish will be moving on to the Cubs organization for next season. (Patrick Mooney; CSN Chicago)

David Ortiz is under contract for next season, but he is looking to have that extended to cover 2015, as well. (Peter Abraham;

The Red Sox haven't been incredibly active in this winter's Hot Stove season, but that doesn't mean there is nothing to be excited about. (Dan Corrado; Talkin Sox With Dan)

Obviously players will take the consequences of an extended season that ends in a championship, but it does take a toll, especially on the pitching staff. (Kyle Brasseur; ESPN Boston)

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