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

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;

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;

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)