Signing Shane Victorino Will Prove to be a Mistake for the Boston Red Sox

By Justin Söderberg
Shane Victorino (Photo: Mark J. Rebilas - USA TODAY Sports)
Mark J. Rebilas – USA TODAY Sports

Entering this off-season the Boston Red Sox needed to make some moves to change things up at Fenway Park. Prior to the start of spring training, the Red Sox signed Ryan Dempster, Jonny Gomes, Koji Uehara, David Ross and Shane Victorino. Most of the which filled gaps in the Red Sox roster.

Victorino inked a three-year deal, with the Red Sox, worth $39 million. The outfielder’s contract makes him the fourth highest paid player on the Red Sox. Victorino is a veteran of Major League Baseball and won the World Series while with the Philadelphia Phillies, however, he is not worth $13 million per season.

The Cleveland Indians signed, 30-year-old outfielder, Michael Bourn to a four-year deal worth $48 million. The contract is set to pay Bourn $7 million in 2013 and $13.5 million in 2014 and 2015. Last season, Bourn batted .274 with nine homers and 42 stole bases. The new Red Sox outfielder, who turned 32 on Nov. 30, batted .255 with 11 homers and 39 stolen bases. The two are comparable, however, the Red Sox overpaid for Victorino. Not to say the Red Sox should’ve signed Bourn instead of Victorino, however, the Red Sox should’ve looked elsewhere at other options to man right field.

The Red Sox have the 32nd ranked prospect in the major leagues, Jackie Bradley Jr., down in the minor leagues. Bradley has proved during spring training that he is ready to join the big club, but won’t. Additionally, the Red Sox have Daniel Nava, who at times has proved to be a great major league player. Ryan Kalish would’ve been an option, however, he went down with another injury and most likely will be out until mid-season.

The Red Sox will be paying $13 million per year for the next three seasons to a player who will be declining as he gets older, meanwhile they have one of the most talented outfield prospects sitting in Triple-A waiting. In the end, the signing of Victorino may benefit the Red Sox in 2013, but after this season the signing will prove to be a mistake.

Justin Soderberg is a Boston Red Sox writer for Follow him on Twitter, “Like” him on Facebook and add him to your network on Google. If you like what you read, read more from Justin Soderberg.

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