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Daily Red Sox Links: Jon Lester, Yoenis Cespedes, Hanley Ramirez

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Today's links look at how Boston stacks up in their division, possible alternatives if the Red Sox miss on Lester, and contradicting reports on Yoenis Cespedes trade talks.

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With the AL East being the home to a flurry of moves so far this offseason, where do the Red Sox stand in the division? (Alex Skillin; Fire Brand of the AL)

Jon Lester is an obvious target, but what are the odds of him pitching well deep into his next contract? (Brian MacPherson; Providence Journal)

In the sweepstakes for the lefty, desperation may wind up being a deciding factor. (John Tomase; Boston Herald)

What are the alternatives to Lester? (Jason Mastrodonato & Ricky Doyle; Masslive.com)

Drew Fairservice takes a look at the Josh Hamilton contract, and some possible parallels to the deal just given to Hanley Ramirez. (Drew Fairservice; Fangraphs)

Despite some reports to the contrary, the Reds and Red Sox have not spoken about Yoenis Cespedes. (Alex Speier; WEEI.com)

As would have been a possibility had he remained in Boston, John Lackey may be getting his contract reworked by the Cardinals. (Drew Silva; Hardball Talk)