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Daily Red Sox Links: Jacoby Ellsbury, Daniel Bard, Felix Doubront

Today's links include stories looking at Jacoby Ellsbury's upcoming free agency, how the new CBA affects Boston's draft strategy, and who holds the key to the team's 2013 season.


One of the things to watch during the 2013 season will be everything surrounding Jacoby Ellsbury in his final year before free agency. He isn't letting it affect his preparation, though. (Ian Browne;

Daniel Bard is looking for a big bounce-back this season, and he is working hard to achieve that. (Nick Cafardo;

Teams like the Red Sox were always used to be able to wait for the best amateurs in the draft to fall to them and pay them whatever they wanted, but the newest CBA has made that ability almost totally disappear. (Brian MacPherson; Providence Journal)

There has been a lot of talk in baseball about making the penalties punishing PED users more strict, in hopes of further deterring players from using. Dave Cameron wonders if that's actually what a rule change would accomplish. (Dave Cameron; Fangraphs)

Most of the experts have opined that Jon Lester and Clay Buchholz being the keys to the 2013 season for Boston. However, Kirk Minihane believes someone else holds the key. (Kirk Minihane;

The constant interleague play that will begin this season has brought the disparities in rules between the two leagues even further into the limelight, so is it time that one of the leagues changes their DH rule? (Lance Rinker; Beyond the Boxscore)

Felix Doubront came to camp out of shape, and the start of his typical spring regiment was a bit delayed, which may be hurting the pitcher a bit. (John Tomase; Boston Herald)

Travis Reitsma previews the coming season for the Red Sox. (Travis Reitsma; Getting Blankied)