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Sox manager John Farrell talks 1b, pitching staff

NASHVILLE — Red Sox manager John Farrell just met with the media for about 25 minutes. He touched on a few topics in between answering questions from Toronto reporters about his leaving the Blue Jays.

In terms of right field, as the Red Sox move closer to a deal for Shane Victorino, Farrell said that defense is a major consideration for the Red Sox in that position and that they aren’t necessarily looking for a typical right fielder.

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Nick Cafardo is reporting that the Sox are the front-runners for Victorino, offering a three-year deal that could be worth $38 million.

Farrell said the Sox will have Mike Napoli catch more in spring training just to get to know the pitchers.

John Lackey is fully recovered from his Tommy John surgery and is being penciled in for a spot in the rotation.

Farrell likes Alfredo Aceves in a late-inning relief role. But there is still talk in the organization about whether he should start. So far, only Franklin Morales will get stretched out in spring training.

Farrell said there’s a lot of work and discussion with Daniel Bard about getting him back to what he was. He believes the change in role changed how Bard approached pitching. Farrell said the hope is to get Bard back to being the pitcher he was in 2010 and 2011.

The Sox are waiting to hear what players will be asked to play for teams in the World Baseball Classic. The health status of David Ortiz and Dustin Pedroia will come into play there.

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