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Daily Red Sox Links: Xander Bogaerts, Garrett Richards, Matt Barnes

Toronto Blue Jays v Boston Red Sox Photo by Billie Weiss/Boston Red Sox/Getty Images

There’s a lot of talk about the great shortstops in the game, especially with a handful of them hitting free agency after this season, but it’s time we start putting some more respect on Xander Bogaerts’ name. (Alex Speier; Boston Globe)

Garrett Richards was pretty awful in his first few starts of 2021, but his efforts to reverse the trend paid off in a big way on Tuesday. (Tom Westerholm;

Matt Barnes isn’t just the closer by default anymore. (Rob Bradford; WEEI/Audacy)

A common job interview tactic is to ask where a candidate thinks they will be in five years. Christopher Smith applied this line of questioning to the Red Sox. (Christopher Smith; MassLive)

SoxProspects helps us get to know a few more Red Sox prospects, including Antoni Flores. (Ian Cundall and Mark Hanoian; SoxProspects)

It sure would be amazing if Kumar Rocker joined the ranks of Red Sox prospects. (Christopher Smith; MassLive)