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Daily Red Sox Links: Travis Shaw, David Murphy, Matt Barnes

Today's links look at some roster decisions to be made today, Roenis Elias' likely spot on the Opening Day roster, and Brian Bannister's attempt to bring analytics to the field.

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Alex Speier looks at the fascinating rise of Travis Shaw. (Alex Speier; Boston Globe)

It's not at all unexpected, but John Farrell officially announced that Christian Vazquez will begin the year in the minors. (Sam Galanis; NESN)

The Red Sox have to make some key decisions with their roster today. (Tim Britton; Providence Journal)

Among those decisions is whether or not to keep David Murphy, who opted out of his contract over the weekend. (Jason Mastrodonato; Boston Herald)

Roenis Elias has come a long way in a winter after being the forgotten man in the Wade Miley/Carson Smith deal. Now, it looks like he'll make the Opening Day roster. (Rob Bradford; WEEI)

Farrell is happy with the versatility in his lineup and his ability to mix and match based on matchups. (Sean McAdam; CSN New England)

Can Matt Barnes replace Smith while the latter is out with injury? (Matt Kory; BP Boston)

Brian Bannister already has some pitchers in his corner as he tries to incorporate analytics into the daily Red Sox routine. (Jen McCaffrey; Masslive)

Jackie Bradley continued his hot spring over the weekend. (Michael Kolligan;

Sox Prospects revamped their rankings last week, with a couple of young arms being the biggest risers. (Will Woodward; Sox Prospects)