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Daily Red Sox Links: J.D. Martinez, Tanner Houck, Jarren Duran

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Boston Red Sox Spring Training Photo by Billie Weiss/Boston Red Sox/Getty Images

Early spring training means it’s time to catch up with some players for the first time on the season. Tuesday was J.D. Martinez’s day, and he admitted he wasn’t fully prepared for last season. (Trevor Hass;

Martinez also took some time to talk about new teammate Franchy Cordero, someone the Red Sox slugger thinks he can help take the next step in his game. (Christopher Smith; Masslive)

The Red Sox need to be better defensively this year, and they have built a lab to achieve that goal. (Chad Jennings; The Athletic)

Many, including yours truly, have assumed Tanner Houck will start the year down in Triple-A. Perhaps we (I) should slow our (my) roll. (Rob Bradford; WEEI)

Speaking of the rotation, Eduardo Rodriguez is certainly expected to be there and he looked good in his first bullpen of the spring. (Steve Hewitt; Boston Herald)

For the most part, prospects couldn’t really make their mark in 2020. Jarren Duran was one of the exceptions. (Peter Abraham; Boston Globe)