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Daily Red Sox Links: Chris Sale, Jackie Bradley Jr., Kevin Youkilis

In today’s links, Chris Sale has some dynamite sliders, JBJ was nearly traded and Kevin Youkilis’ Hall of Fame chances are pretty slim.

MLB: Boston Red Sox at Tampa Bay Rays Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Caution will be the key for how the Red Sox handle their pitching staff this spring. (Michael McMahon; NESN)

After Zach Britton signed with the Yankees, the Red Sox now need to answer with their own bullpen reinforcements. (Richard Justice;

Chris Sale’s sliders are science fiction. (NESN)

Was Jackie Bradley Jr. actually on the trading block? (Michael Shapiro; Sports Illustrated)

Kevin Youkilis had a solid career and some really excellent years but he doesn’t have the resume for Cooperstown. (Jay Jaffe; FanGraphs)

Josh Smith and Oscar Hernandez were brought in on minor league deals. (Mark Polishuk; MLB Trade Rumors)