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Daily Red Sox Links: Chaim Bloom, Michael Chavis, Ronaldo Hernández

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There is a lot of negativity around the Red Sox right now, and mostly rightfully so. The last two seasons, and last year specifically, have been brutal. But there are reasons for at least mild excitement this year. (Peter Abraham; Boston Globe)

The Red Sox are nominally trying to compete, but as Chaim Bloom ackowledges they are also working this year largely toward finding that next core. (Jason Mastrodonato; Boston Herald)

Bloom mentioned potential extension discussions with that core as well, but how far away is that core? (Jen McCaffrey; The Athletic)

John Tomase lays out the case that, despite common opinion, the Red Sox are real playoff contenders in 2021. (John Tomase; NBC Sports Boston)

Michael Chavis is coming off a very tough 2020, even relative to the roster as a whole. And now he finds himself in a spot where he has to earn his playing time back. (Chris Cotillo; Masslive)

Ian Cundall has the scouting reports for the two newest Red Sox prospect acquired in the Rays trade. (Ian Cundall; Sox Prospects)