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Daily Red Sox Links: J.D. Martinez, Matt Barnes, Xander Bogaerts

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There were a lot of reasons the Red Sox struggled in 2020, but J.D. Martinez’s disappearance at the plate was a major one. That’s something Martinez has rectified this season. (Christopher Smith; MassLive)

Matt Barnes secured the bag, so Devan Fink examined the contract details and took at look at how Barnes got to where he is today. (Devan Fink; FanGraphs)

If he has his way, Xander Bogaerts’ tenure with the Red Sox will far exceed his current contract, which runs through the 2026 season. (Christopher Smith; MassLive)

Speaking of putting pen to paper, Marcelo Mayer isn’t planning on wasting any time making things official with the Red Sox. (Hayden Bird; Boston Globe)

Could Cole Hamels be a potential (and surprising) addition to the Red Sox’s rotation? (Rob Bradford; WEEI/Audacy)

Mayer has gotten a lot of attention, but let’s take a moment to familiarize ourselves with Jud Fabian. (Khari Thompson; Boston Globe)

Teams don’t go from worst to first by accident and the Red Sox aren’t breaking that trend. (Chad Jennings; The Athletic)