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Daily Red Sox Links: Craig Kimbrel, Dustin Pedroia, Nathan Eovaldi

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In today’s links, we look at what life will be like without Craig Kimbrel, Dustin Pedroia shares thoughts on extensions and we learn how Nathan Eovaldi was built in the bullpen.

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MLB: ALDS-New York Yankees at Boston Red Sox Paul Rutherford-USA TODAY Sports

There’s been an odd standoff between Craig Kimbrel and the Red Sox this offseason. At first he seemed like an obvious guy to resign. Then the Red Sox indicated they weren’t pursuing him. Then the market for Kimbrel’s services iced over and his return became a possibility. It still seems like he won’t come back. What that means for how good the Sox will be isn’t any easier to decipher than what’s going on at the negotiating table. (Matthew Kory; The Athletic) ($$)

With some major contract extension decisions coming down the road for the Red Sox, Dustin Pedroia shares some insight on a player’s mindset. (Rob Bradford; WEEI)

That’s enough about potential deals. Nathan Eovaldi signed a deal that exists. His road to effective starting pitcher was paved in the bullpen. (Doug Thorburn; Baseball Prospectus) ($$)

Speaking of relievers, Erasmo Ramirez may become the newest member of the Red Sox. (Rob Bradford; WEEI)

There is no doubt that the shift has had a major impact on the game of baseball. (Nick Cafardo; Boston Globe)

What can Joe Cronin’s career tell us about Bryce Harper? More than you might think. (Frederic J. Frommer; Washington Post)