Winter Meetings 2012: Boston Red Sox Sign Shane Victorino

By Ryan Gaydos
Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports

The MLB Winter Meetings continue to not disappoint baseball fans. The Boston Red Sox made another splash Tuesday as the team agreed to a three-year deal with free agent outfielder Shane Victorino. Victorino has agreed to the deal pending a physical. The contract is worth $37.5 million.

The Victorino signing comes after the Red Sox agreed to a three-year deal with catcher Mike Napoli who is scheduled to play first base for Boston during the 2013 season. Victorino was also being pursued by the Los Angeles Dodgers and the Philadelphia Phillies but since Boston is in the American League, Victorino could also see some time, with David Ortiz, as a designated hitter other than playing the outfield.

Victorino had an off year in 2012 splitting time between the Dodgers and the Phillies. He batted .255/.321/.383 with 11 home runs and 55 RBI. Victorino is also only one year removed from leading the league in triples with 16 but only had seven in 2012. He will get a fresh start with Boston under new manager John Farrell.

With the Red Sox already having Jacoby Ellsbury playing center field, Victorino will probably see time at the corners. Also, by signing Victorino, this closes the door on any chance the Red Sox had signing Cody Ross or Josh Hamilton. The Red Sox signed Jonny Gomes last week to a two-year, $10 million deal.

Aside from the Dodgers and the Phillies, the Chicago Cubs, New York Yankees and Cleveland Indians were also said to have a degree of interest in the 32-year-old outfielder. Boston’s good offseason continues.

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