Boston Red Sox manager Bobby Valentine is still tinkering with the lineup in Spring Training. Among the spots up for grabs is leadoff, where Jacoby Ellsbury, Dustin Pedroia, Kevin Youkilis and Mike Aviles are all considered candidates. Of the four, Aviles appears to be the most headscratching. He hit .288 in Kansas City last season, with a .319 OBP. John Tomase sat down with Andy Gresh of CSNNE.com to talk about putting Aviles at the top of the order. Suffice it to say, Tomase doesn't think it is a very good idea.
Aviles has bat leadoff in several Spring Training games already, though it's difficult to tell whether Valentine just wants to get shortstop more at-bats or if he is really serious about unseating Ellsbury's traditional spot on top of the order.