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Daily Red Sox Links: Ben Cherington, Blake Swihart, John Farrell

Today's links look at Ben Cherington's midwinter recess, Blake Swihart's trophy case and the expectations surrounding John Farrell.

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After a busy offseason, Ben Cherington was even busier explaining how not busy the Red Sox will be for the foreseeable future, leaving the team with no ace ... (Boston Globe)

... an overcrowded outfield which will stay that way ... (Scott Lauber; Boston Herald)

... and a moratorium on pitching rotation moves... (Ricky Doyle; NESN)

... until after Spring Training. (Tim Britton; Providence Journal)

With Blake Swihart -- who has said "I'll play wherever anyone wants me to play" --  being blocked by Christian Vazquez at catcher despite being named the best catching prospect in MLB ... (Braden Campbell; Boston.com)

... and Allen Craig working the hot corner in spring training, it's easy to see why. (Jason Mastrodonato; MassLive)

That John Farrell -- the man ultimately makes those decisions -- has nearly as much to prove as any one else probably doesn't hurt the front office's plans to evaluate and assess every member of the organization either. (John Tomase; WEEI)