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Daily Red Sox Links: Will Middlebrooks, Jacoby Ellsbury, Daniel Bard

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Today's links include stories on the new Will Middlebrooks, Jacoby Ellsbury's future, and the approach the Red Sox have taken with their shortstop situation.

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Last season, Will Middlebrooks keenly watched the veterans and how they presented themselves in the clubhouse. The 24-year-old has put those visual notes to good use, as he has unveiled a new, veteran-like character. (Alex Speier; WEEI.com)

Jacoby Ellsbury, who is entering his free agent year with utmost confidence and optimism, holds his future in his hands. (Gordon Edes; ESPNBoston.com)

The Red Sox are electing to go with offensive ability over defensively excellence at short. (Brian MacPherson; Providence Journal)

Daniel Bard pitched in a simulated game yesterday. He said he felt like his old self. (Michael Silverman; Boston Herald)

There's more to the Red Sox' minor-league pitching depth than just Rubby De La, Allen Webster and Matt Barnes. (Mike Andrews, ESPNBoston.com)

The esteemed, award-winning Bob Ryan believes WAR is "complete nonsense." (Bob Ryan; Boston Globe) ($$$)

There's war on Ryan's war on WAR: