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Daily Red Sox Links: Eric Hosmer, Mitch Moreland, Chris Sale

First base free agents and Chris Sale’s Cy Young status.

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Even if the Red Sox are linked to him, should they really go after Eric Hosmer? (Jacob Shafer; Bleacher Report)

The Sox will likely need to sign a first baseman of some kind since Mitch Moreland was not given a qualifying offer. (Ian Browne;

No surprises here. Chris Sale is a Cy Young finalist. Plus Andrew Benintendi is a finalist for AL Rookie of the Year. (MassLive)

New manager Alex Cora has a real bond with Dustin Pedroia. (Chad Jennings; Boston Herald)

Speaking of Cora, analytics will be a big part of his strategy. (Nick Cafardo; Boston Globe)

That’s a small part of how things have changed with his hiring. (Bill Ballou; The Worcester Telegram & Gazette)