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

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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)