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Daily Red Sox Links: Jackie Bradley Jr., David Ortiz, Pedro Ciriaco

Today's links bring you stories including whether or not the team should deal Jarrod Saltalamacchia, some defensive woes for Boston's utility man, and future shuffling of the pitching staff.


Towards the end of spring training, the biggest topic of conversation was whether or not Jackie Bradley should start the year in the majors or not, mainly due to service time issues. Well, he's now officially under control through 2019. (Brian MacPherson; Providence Journal)

At catcher, the Red Sox find themselves in an interesting position with Jarrod Saltalamacchia, who isn't bad, but also isn't anything special. Hunter Golden considers the possiblity of dealing him. (Hunter Golden; Fire Brand of the AL)

So far in 2013, Pedro Ciriaco has had a rough go of things on the defensive side of things, but he's still trying not to press too hard. (Julian Benbow;

We're only about five weeks into the season, but the staff at Baseball Prospectus has already learned a few things about the league. (Baseball Prospectus Staff)

After missing all of spring training and a large chunk of last season, David Ortiz has been on a remarkable run to start the 2013 season. (Gordon Edes; ESPN Boston)

Taking their hot start into consideration, it seems likely that Boston will be buyers at this year's trade deadline. With that in mind, we turn to Wendy Thurm who looked at some player with no-trade clauses that could be moved. (Wendy Thurm; Fangraphs)

Though Allen Webster's start last night was a disaster, and Felix Doubront came in and saved the bullpen for some innings, both of their futures are still riddled with uncertainty. (Alex Speier;

Blake Murphy takes an interesting look at some stats that could be helpful in predicting a pitcher's strikeout-rate. (Blake Murphy; Beyond the Boxscore)