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Red Sox agree to three-year contract with Shane Victorino

Dec 4, 2012, 5:29 PM EDT

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UPDATE: Alex Speier of WEEI.com says it’s a done deal. Boston has agreed to a three-year contract with Victorino.

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Just a few hours after Jerry Crasnick of ESPN.com called the Indians “a prime suitor” for Shane Victorino, Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe reports that the Red Sox are “frontrunners” for Victorino by making him a three-year, $38 million offer.

I suppose one team being the frontrunner doesn’t preclude another team from being “a” prime suitor, but whatever the case it now seems clear that Victorino is going to get a big multi-year contract at age 31 and coming off a season in which he hit just .255 with a .704 OPS.

Of course, Angel Pagan is 31 years old and just got a four-year, $40 million deal to re-sign with the Giants. Pagan was much better than Victorino in 2012, but combined during the past three seasons Pagan has a .749 OPS and Victorino has a .766 OPS.

One big difference is that the Red Sox presumably would play Victorino is a corner spot, assuming they don’t trade Jacoby Ellsbury, but as early-30s center fielders with .750-OPS bats they’re potentially pretty similar. Unless you’re convinced Victorino showed signs of simply being washed up down the stretch, in which case $38 million is pretty scary.

  1. randygnyc - Dec 4, 2012 at 7:56 PM

    Expensivewinos said, “I think we somehow need to separate “the best way to spend the money” from how the pieces help the team overall. All of the money is crazy, so rationalizing relative insanity is going to get us no place. And, the Red Sox have a printing press for money so it’s sort of like monopoly money in the grand scheme of things.

    However, if you ask me would I trade Carl Crawford (based on what we saw of him for two years in Boston in terms of tangibles and intangibles) for Mike Napoli, Shane Victorino, David Ross and Jonny Gomes, I would say yes.”

    Really good point. And as much as I hate to admit it, I think Napoli is going to clobber a bunch of home runs this year over the monster. Probably 40, IMO. He’ll hit enough that he’ll find himself taking over full time catching duties in no time. But in the end, it won’t matter that they score 8 runs per game if they’re giving up 10.

    • uyf1950 - Dec 4, 2012 at 8:12 PM

      That’s what they said about Gonzalez and his swing in Fenway and the Green Monster when the Sox signed him. And we all saw how that turned out his HR total actually dropped. He was a more proficient HR hitter with the Padres in SD.

      • Ari Collins - Dec 5, 2012 at 12:23 PM

        At the time, however, many stat guys pointed out that Fenway’s actually one of the tougher parks to hit homers out of as a LHH. It boosts AVG and OBP and 2Bs, but not HRs.

        Napoli, on the other hand, is a RHH. Maybe it’ll make no difference after all, or merely offset a decline, but it’s far more likely to help him hit homers than it ever helped Adrian.

  2. crisisjunky - Dec 4, 2012 at 8:44 PM

    Boy, if things get any worse, the “they” will start talking about contracting the Yankees and Red Sox.

    No mean feat, as chopping off one of the media hydra’s heads just results in more sprouting.

  3. xpensivewinos - Dec 5, 2012 at 1:11 AM

    uyf1950 –

    Ah, I gotcha now.

    Well, all we can do is hope for the best.

    I have a feeling there are a couple of big moves that have yet to be made. Could be Ellsbury, could be one of the starters, could be a combination of a catcher and some prospects, but I just think something is brewing. The Red Sox have not forgotten that they’re in the entertainment business. The get out of jail free the Dodgers provided was a miracle and unlike that nut in Miami, the Red Sox will actually spend the money they saved.

    And hey, Valentine is gone so they’re already better……

  4. boyshole25 - Dec 5, 2012 at 7:27 AM

    Why?

  5. mungman69 - Dec 5, 2012 at 7:49 AM

    Why not?

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