Victorino, Nava early leadoff candidates

Victorino, Nava early leadoff candidates
February 15, 2014, 5:00 pm
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FORT MYERS, Fla. -- John Farrell isn't necessarily ready to choose a leadoff hitter for the 2014 Red Sox, but he is willing to winnow down the list of possible choices to two: outfielders Shane Victorino and Daniel Nava.
"I think they're the two candidates that quickly come to mind," said Farrell. "But we started last year with a certain lineup and things evolved and we fully expect that to take place again this year."
Nava has the ability to get on base, posting a .385 OBP last year, but lacks speed and hasn't been a very good instinctive baserunner. Victorino, meanwhile, is more of a stolen base threat, but doesn't get on base as often (a respectable .351 last year, but a .342 figure for his career).
Farrell said he wouldn't be reluctant to utilize both in the leadoff spot -- with, presumably, Nava hitting first against righties and Victorino doing so against lefties -- "as long as they are well aware and be able to anticipate when they'd be in the lineup. It's all about communicating to them and letting them know what our initial thoughts are.
"Players will tell you what the lineup should be, just based on their performance. And I don't see that being any different this year. But initially, those are the two candidates."