The Boston Red Sox tore down their previous model late in the 2012 season and now have continued their rebuild with their second big free agent signing in as many days with the signing of Shane Victorino on Tuesday to a three-year contract. Victorino will fill the outfield hole that Carl Crawford left for Boston when the 2013 season gets underway when Victorino takes over right field. This comes a day after the team signed Mike Napoli.
Victorino is a nice piece to be added to the Boston lineup to go along with Napoli, David Ortiz, Dustin Pedroia and Jacoby Ellsbury. I would think that Victorino will be hitting down in the Boston order some and could be a solid No. 6 or 7 hitter for the team in 2013. Boston really needed to start over again and after they dumped all their bad contracts on the Los Angeles Dodgers, it allowed the team to start working on moves like this one. It will still be an uphill climb for the Red Sox in the American League East with the entire division capable of winning 90 games next season.
I will be wondering if Boston decides to make any more moves before the Major League Baseball Winter Meetings conclude on Thursday. I wouldn’t be shocked if another move is coming, especially with some pitching for the Red Sox. If Boston can make another move or two to bolster their rotation, I think the Red Sox have all the power in the world to make the AL East race a very interesting one in 2013.
Andy Schmidt is a columnist/writer for RantSports. Follow him on Twitter @ASchmidtSports or like his Facebook page.