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Daily Red Sox Links: Brian Bannister, Jacoby Ellsbury, John Lackey

Today's links look at Boston's needs on the pitching staff, a recap of everything that went right and wrong in 2015, and a check-in on a couple of old friends.

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The Red Sox need to address their pitching staff this winter, and they're hoping Brian Bannister can find some hidden gems in his new role with the organization. (Brian MacPherson; Providence Journal)

The organization is particularly lacking in terms of hard throwers. (Ricky Doyle; NESN)

Ian Browne has a comprehensive recounting of the year that was. (Ian Browne;

It's looking more and more like the Red Sox won't regret letting Jacoby Ellsbury walk in free agency. (Alex Speier; Boston Globe)

Scott Lauber argues that Boston does indeed need an ace. (Scott Lauber; Boston Herald)

An old friend will be taking the mound for the Cardinals in their first postseason game. (Aaron Gleeman; Hardball Talk)