A second scenario that could see Victorino move to center field would be if the Red Sox decided to go after Nate McLouth. The 32-year-old outfielder was an All-Star with the Pirates in 2008 and provided the Orioles with a jolt after they got him at the trade deadline in 2012, helping them to their first playoff appearance since 1997. McLouth hit just .258 with 12 home runs and 36 RBIs in 2013, but stole 30 bases for the first time in his career.
Signing McLouth, however, would necessitate moving Daniel Nava to right field permanently and playing Jonny Gomes just against lefthanders, something John Farrell showed he was not willing to do in 2013. McLouth will most likely re-sign with the Orioles.