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Daily Red Sox Links: James Shields, Pablo Sandoval, Ben Cherington

Today's links look at how effective the pitching staff will be, the state of third base, and lessons to be learned from struggling prospects in 2014.

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Count Chad Finn amongst those who believe the Red Sox are in need of that top of the rotation arm. (Chad Finn;

PECOTA agrees with Chad's assessment of the rotation. (Gordon Edes; ESPN Boston)

All of this begs the question: Why didn't Boston go after James Shields? (Tim Britton; Providence Journal)

Despite the criticisms, Ben Cherington is still confident in the group of pitchers he has put together. (Scott Lauber; Boston Herald)

After years of futility at the hot corner, the addition of Pablo Sandoval should do wonders for the Red Sox. (Brian MacPherson; Providence Journal)

What lessons did the team learn after watching so many young players struggle in 2014? (Alex Speier; Boston Globe)

Given their tremendously crowded outfield, Boston finds itself with plenty of trade chips. (Jeff Todd; MLB Trade Rumors)