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Daily Red Sox Links: Will Middlebrooks, Jon Lester, Xander Bogaerts

Today's links look at the center field situation, a ranking of the active roster, and a former prospect's baseball career coming to a close.

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Will Middlebrooks is coming off a monster spring, which he could attribute to improved vision. (Alex Speier;

Jon Lester and the Red Sox have hit the pause button on contract negotiations for now, but don't rule out more talks during the season. (Jason Mastrodonato;

Boston's center field situation is a little bittersweet. (Randy Booth; Sox Space)

Xander Bogaerts isn't thinking about any future paydays, but is instead focusing on the here and now. (Scott Lauber; Boston Herald)

Chad Finn ranks Boston's roster. (Chad Finn;

Bogaerts is ready to tackle a full season of baseball for the first time in his life, back at his natural position. (Tim Britton; Providence Journal)

Over the weekend, former first-round pick Kolbrin Vitek retired from professional baseball due to an unfortunate string of injuries. (James Dunne; Sox Prospects)

Happy Opening Day!