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Daily Red Sox Links: Matt Barnes, the Bullpen and the Cleanup Spot

Since we are still just dealing in speculation, I tried to do an entire links post without mentioning J.D. Martinez. I nearly succeeded.

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The cleanup spot is an important one in a lineup, even as we learn that the No. 2 slot is perhaps where your best hitter should go. The Red Sox have to figure out who to put at No. 4. (Chad Finn;

It’s just the nature of playing in Boston but even after back-to-back American League East titles, this roster still needs to do more. (Scott Lauber; ESPN)

Let’s build the Red Sox’s bullpen. (Jen McCaffrey; MassLive)

Because the rotation is going to be where the Red Sox win. (Ian Browne;

Speaking of Red Sox pitchers, is Matt Barnes meant to be a high-leverage situation reliever? (Brett Cowett; BP Boston)

Take a look at the minor league staff for the Red Sox. (Alex Speier; Boston Globe)