Red Sox general manager Ben Cherington said the team is interested in extending Lester's contract, the Providence Journal reports. "Obviously he's a guy we would like to keep. I think there will certainly be a willingness to have a conversation, so we'll see where it goes, but we havenít done that yet," said Cherington.
Manager John Farrell said he's comfortable with Bradley as his everyday center fielder, the Providence Journal reports. With Jacoby Ellsbury moving on in free agency, the Red Sox need to fill voids in center field and at leadoff hitter.
Victorino could share the leadoff spot with Daniel Nava this coming season, WEEI.com reports. "I think the most important thing is we're not going to replace some 50‑something stolen bases by Jacoby [Ellsbury]," manager John Farrell said. "The biggest thing would be who is our best on-base percentage guys to keep them or keep that individual in front of [Dustin Pedroia], and David [Ortiz], and [Mike Napoli]."
Middlebrooks began his offseason workout program less than a week after the World Series parade, the Providence Journal reports. He had a disappointing 2013 season, slashing .227/.271/.425 and losing his starting job twice.