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Daily Red Sox Links: John Lackey, Brian Butterfield, Jon Lester

Today's links include stories on the Red Sox minor-league depth up the middle, a reliever who has impressed coaches this spring, and the two keys to the season.


The majority of John Lackey's time with the Red Sox has gone horribly, but he doesn't believe it's too late to change that. (Rob Bradford;

Mike Andrews from Sox Prospects looks at the depth in the middle-infield in the team's farm system. (Mike Andrews; ESPN Boston)

With Brian Butterfield in two, look for Boston to employ some new defensive shifts this season. (Tim Britton; Providence Journal)

Chris St. John gives a great analysis on when to give up on prospects who have never seemed to meet their expectations. (Chris St. John; Beyond the Boxscore)

Among some notes from Red Sox camp, Peter Abraham says that the coaching staff has been impressed by reliever Jose De La Torre. (Peter Abraham;

Daisuke Matsuzaka is in Indians' camp this spring trying to keep his major-league career going. However, the club told him yesterday that he wouldn't start the season on the 25-man roster. (Aaron Gleeman; Hardball Talk)

This winter saw the Red Sox bring in a lot of new faces, but it still seems like Jon Lester and Clay Buchholz are still the keys to the season. (Sean McAdam; CSN New England)

There has been talk that MLB may look to take disciplinary action against players implicated in the Biogenesis scandal, so Jon Bernhardt wonders how much the league can actually do here. (Jon Bernhardt; Sports on Earth)