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Daily Red Sox Links: Jon Lester, Cole Hamels, Pablo Sandoval

Today's links look at the contracts of Cole Hamels and Jon Lester, the cons of signing Hanley Ramirez, and the possibility of trading two young up-the-middle players.

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Alex Speier digs through the details and compares the potential contract of Jon Lester to that of Cole Hamels. (Alex Speier;

Lester has been thought of as a long-shot because of Boston's unwillingness to sign long-term deals, but Ben Cherington says that's overblown. (Brian MacPherson; Providence Journal)

Johnny Cueto has been mentioned as a possibility to head the rotation as well, but at the moment it appears he's staying put. (Brian Baker; MLB Daily Dish)

I hope you like Pablo Sandoval, because apparently the Red Sox are "all-in." (Gordon Edes; ESPN Boston)

If they miss out on Sandoval, Hanley Ramirez could be another option. Sean McAdam has some worries about that, though. (Sean McAdam; CSN New England)

A couple of players who may be starting 2015 in Pawtucket are generating some trade interest. (Jason Mastrodonato;

After signing Michael Cuddyer, the Mets would seem to no longer have a need for someone like Yoenis Cespedes. (John Tomase; Boston Herald)

Up today in the top-40 in review is the prospect with arguably the highest ceiling in the system. (Sox Prospects)