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Daily Red Sox Links: Blake Swihart, Allen Craig, Matt Barnes

Today's links look at Blake Swihart's increasing value to the Red Sox, Hanley Ramirez and John Farrell becoming besties, and a couple young arms impressing in spring training.

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If it's even possible, the Christian Vazquez injury has made Blake Swihart even more untouchable. (Alex Speier; Boston Globe)

However valuable he is, though, it's not yet time for him to be in the majors. (John Tomase;

There has been speculation about Allen Craig's future in Boston all winter, and now Gordon Edes is hearing trades have at least been discussed. (Gordon Edes; ESPN Boston)

Hanley Ramirez has a spotty history as far as clubhouse presence goes, but John Farrell likes what he sees so far. (Brian MacPherson; Providence Journal)

It's not entirely unexpected, but Koji Uehara likely won't be ready for Opening Day. (Braden Campbell;

Matt Barnes has been impressive this spring. (Michael Silverman; Boston Herald)

He's not the only young arm that's been opening eyes, either. (Jen McCaffrey;

Portland won't be very exciting to start the year, but Justin Haley is a pitcher to watch. (Matt Huegel; Sox Prospects)

You won't believe who the Red Sox lineup will face in the first game of the year. (Drew Silva; Hardball Talk)

Jordan Zimmermann has been an expected free agent target next offseason as long as he doesn't sign an extension before that. It's looking like that won't be an issue. (Mark Zuckerman; Nats Insider)