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Daily Red Sox Links: Dave Dombrowski, Edwin Encarnacion, Jason Varitek

Today’s links look at a possibly quiet offseason, the plan for a lefty in the lineup, and the crowded reliever market.

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After an explosive winter last year, expect a quieter Dave Dombrowski this time around. (Alex Speier; Boston Globe)

For example, it’s likely that the Red Sox avoid a big name at designated hitter. (Michael Silverman; Boston Herald)

In an ideal world, the team would like to target lefties for this spot. (Ian Browne;

With all of that being said, it sounds as if Edwin Encarnacion will have interest in coming to Boston. (Rob Bradford; WEEI)

Beyond the DH spot, look for the Red Sox to be involved with the large number of mid-tier relievers. (Tim Britton; Providence Journal)

In what seems like a pretty big surprise, there’s at least a chance Carson Smith could be ready for spring training. (Christopher Smith; Masslive)

Matt Kory has his offseason predictions, which includes one blockbuster deal. (Matt Kory; BP Boston)

Sorry, Jason Varitek isn’t going to be the next bench coach. (Ricky Doyle; NESN)