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Daily Red Sox Links: David Ortiz, Jose Bautista, Rusney Castillo

Today’s links look at the weaker lineup, an update on the farm system, and a possible game in Europe.

MLB: ALDS-Cleveland Indians at Boston Red Sox Bob DeChiara-USA TODAY Sports

The Red Sox improved their pitching staff this winter, but the offense is still worse after the loss of David Ortiz. (Brian MacPherson; Providence Journal)

They didn’t bring in Edwin Encarnacion as a replacement because of money, but what would they do if Ortiz wanted to come back? (Rob Bradford; WEEI)

Jose Bautista is still available, and could be willing to take a one-year deal. (Christopher Smith; Masslive)

Ian Browne has his latest mailbag, which includes how the Red Sox farm system looks after their latest trades. (Ian Browne;

Nick Cafardo has the story on Rusney Castillo being reunited with his family just in time for Christmas. (Nick Cafardo; Boston Globe)

The Boston-New York rivalry may be heading across the pond. (ESPN)