Red Sox sign Shane Victorino
The Boston Red Sox continued to be busy at the MLB’s Winter Meetings, as the team signed veteran outfielder Shane Victorino to a three-year contract on Tuesday a day after signing Mike Napoli to a similar three-year agreement. The deal will reportedly pay Victorino $39 million, the exact figure that Napoli received, through the 2015 season.
In 154 games with the Philadelphia Phillies and Los Angeles Dodgers last season, Victorino batted .255 with 11 home runs, 55 RBIs, and 39 stolen bases. The 32-year-old is a lifetime .275 hitter to go along with 201 career stolen bases and a .341 on-base percentage.
According to CBS Sports, Victorino will likely bat second in the Red Sox lineup behind leadoff man Jacoby Ellsbury and second baseman Dustin Pedroia.
A nine-year veteran, Victorino is a three-time Gold Glove award winner in center field, but will likely take his stellar defense to Fenway Park’s spacious right field for Boston next season, according to ESPNBoston.com.
In addition, Victorino’s signing almost certainly ensures that free agent Cody Ross will not be returning to the Red Sox next season after a solid 2012 in Boston.