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Daily Red Sox Links: Pablo Sandoval, Juan Francisco, Jon Lester

Today's links take a look at why the Red Sox are pursuing Pablo Sandoval, the team's first addition of the offseason, and the year that was for Allen Webster.

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There are a lot of assumptions being made about Pablo Sandoval's future, but how many of them have credence? (Brian MacPherson; Providence Journal)

With Sandoval emerging as the clear priority at third base, why do the Red Sox prefer him to Hanley Ramirez? (Alex Speier;

In claiming Juan Francisco, it's clear Boston is intrigued by his power. (Sean McAdam; CSN New England)

Here is a look at the newest Red Sox addition from a Toronto point of view. (Tom Dakers; Bluebird Banter)

Speaking of the Blue Jays, it appears they will be more active this offseason than they've been in the past. (Alex Skillin; Fire Brand of the AL)

Though a Cole Hamels trade is still a possibility, Jon Lester remains the priority. (Scott Lauber; Boston Herald)

Lester has finished his first real meeting with the Red Sox this winter, and his agent had nothing but good things to say about the visit. (Jason Mastrodonato;

And it appears that the meetings resulted in a concrete offer from Boston. (Drew Silva; Hardball Talk)

Sox Prospects looks at what wound up being an up-and-down year for Allen Webster. (Jim Crowell & Chaz Fiorino; Sox Prospects)

Minor-league pitcher Cody Kukuk was arrested this week for aggravated robbery. (John Sickels; Minor League Ball)