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Daily Red Sox Links: Shane Victorino, Will Middlebrooks, Brandon Snyder

Today's links include stories on the Red Sox bullpen needs, a potential trade partner, and an AL East foe who is having a historically great season.

Jim Rogash

As the trade deadline focuses, much of the attention has been paid to the bullpen, and there are valid reasons for this. (Brian MacPherson; Providence Journal)

Could Theo Epstein and the Cubs be a logical trade partner for the Red Sox this summer? (Evan Drellich;

It's an interesting time to read one of Will Middlebrooks' diary entries, given his recent demotion. (Will Middlebrooks; ESPN Boston)

With the Red Sox celebrating a surprisingly-successful first half of the season, now may be a good time to check out what exactly a hot first half really means. (Rob Neyer; Baseball Nation)

Any successful baseball team will find help from unexpected places, and Brandon Snyder is hoping to make the best of his opportunity and become one of those guys. (Tom Layman; Boston Herald)

Shane Victorino plays an aggressive and, at times, reckless style of baseball, and he's not about change his ways now. (Alex Speier;

In case you haven't been paying attention, Chris Davis is having a season that can only be described as bonkers. (Jeff Sullivan; Fangraphs)

The All-Star game is coming up, so what are the chances for some of the position players to represent the Red Sox? (Nick O'Malley;