Sox land Victorino to patrol right field at Fenway
Victorino's three-run homer00:00:47
9/28/12: Shane Victorino jacks Jeff Francis' pitch over the wall in left-center field for a three-run homer in the second inning
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- The Winter Meetings continue to be a productive exercise for the Red Sox. A day after they got the slugger they coveted in Mike Napoli, Boston has agreed to a three-year deal for outfielder Shane Victorino, a source confirmed to MLB.com.
The Red Sox have not confirmed the deal, which is pending a physical, and reportedly worth $39 million.
While the 32-year-old Victorino has been a center fielder for most of his career, he would likely shift to right field for the Red Sox, at least for 2013.
Jacoby Ellsbury is under contract with Boston for one more season.
Boston's offer to Victorino was first reported by The Boston Globe.
With Fenway Park's cavernous right field, the Red Sox have always preferred a right fielder with center field skills.
That is clearly Victorino, a two-time All-Star and three-time Gold Glove Award winner who has spent most of his career with the Phillies.
"It's probably the toughest right field in baseball to play, just in terms of the space to cover," said manager John Farrell, "so that range comes into play. It might not be your prototypical right fielder where it's a power bat, because we do value the defense in that area. That's not to exclude anyone, but defense takes a high priority, in that position at Fenway particularly."
The Indians were another team that was pushing hard for Victorino.
Last week, Boston signed Jonny Gomes. With Victorino coming on board, that would likely rule out any chance of bringing free agent Cody Ross back. In 2012, Ross was one of the few bright spots for the Red Sox. He was seeking a deal worth roughly $25 million over three years.
A switch-hitter, Victorino is a career .275 hitter with 90 homers, 409 RBIs and 201 stolen bases in 1,076 career games.
Victorino's 2012 season was a down one offensively, as he hit .255 with 11 homers and 55 RBIs, splitting the year between the Phillies and Dodgers. Victorino stole 39 bases, which would give the Sox an element of speed they don't have much of beyond Ellsbury
Post a Comment