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Shane Victorino admits that free agency got in his head last year

Apr 3, 2013, 10:00 AM EDT

Shane Victorino

Andy Martino of the Daily News spoke with Shane Victorino about his free agent odyssey and got him to admit something you rarely hear ballplayers admit: impending free agency got in his head last season.

He was miffed that negotiations for an extension with the Phillies went nowhere and then, once he knew he’d have to wait until the offseason to cash in, pressed too hard to earn the check.  It’s the sort of thing that logic suggests could happen to anyone but rarely do any players admit it.

Given that he got a four-year offer from the Indians and signed a pretty lucrative three-year deal with the Red Sox, one wonders what could’ve happened if he hadn’t been all up in his head last season and actually played well.

  1. danindelray - Apr 3, 2013 at 10:13 AM

    So, he can’t perform when he’s playing for a contract, now we have to find out if he can perform when his money is guaranteed.

    Somewhere, Carl Crawford is smiling.

  2. tfbuckfutter - Apr 3, 2013 at 10:53 AM

    Come on Shane….we’re counting on those homeruns that we most likely paid $1,000,000 apiece for.

    We need you to be the 2% better than average player your career OPS+ suggests you can be!

    • paperlions - Apr 3, 2013 at 11:45 AM

      That there is infallible logic. Obviously, the Victorino deal is far better than the Andrus deal, after all, the Rangers are likely paying more than $3,000,000 per HR.

      • tfbuckfutter - Apr 3, 2013 at 11:48 AM

        Is Elvis Andrus playing corner outfield?

      • paperlions - Apr 3, 2013 at 11:49 AM

        Oh, I thought we were ignoring all non-HR contributions.

      • tfbuckfutter - Apr 3, 2013 at 11:56 AM

        I prefer my guys, who play at power positions, to you know….hit for power….

        Or at the very least be solid all around hitters.

        102 OPS+ for his career suggests it’s kind of dumb to be paying him $13,000,000 a year to play a power position.

    • benne8686 - Apr 3, 2013 at 12:53 PM

      He’s playing in Fenway where his hitting style was built for. He is a proven winner, a great clubhouse guy, clutch performer and a gold golver cailber right or left fielder who can also play center.

      • tfbuckfutter - Apr 3, 2013 at 12:59 PM

        “Proven winner” is not a statistic. And it only makes even slight sense if you’re talking about a pitcher.

        What are statistics is “Close and Late” where his career OPS is .783, or just marginally above his career average of .770. Also another category is “Behind”….where he OPSes at a clip of .698.

        How is being markedly worse as a hitter when your team is losing “clutch” or the mark of a “proven winner”?

      • poreef - Apr 3, 2013 at 1:47 PM

        Somewhere Joe Morgan is smiling. A trap well baited, sir.

        Having a player nicknamed the Pineapple Express is worth something to the bros in Beantown, innit?

  3. mudhead123 - Apr 3, 2013 at 11:34 AM

    This guy is mediocre at best. No one told him dual flap helmets are for little league

    • paperlions - Apr 3, 2013 at 11:43 AM

      …and for switch hitters. Your baseball knowledge isn’t even mediocre at its best.

      • UgglasForearms - Apr 3, 2013 at 11:53 AM

        Hence the handle

      • buggieowens - Apr 3, 2013 at 12:05 PM

        thanks for the laughs on that one!

  4. deathmonkey41 - Apr 3, 2013 at 12:20 PM

    Of course he got miffed, he has that famous I-Talian temper and all.

    • benne8686 - Apr 3, 2013 at 12:57 PM

      You know he’s Hawaiian right? Flyin’ Hawaiian and last time I checked they aren’t know for their tempors. Two days late on the April fool’s comment. Mahalo

    • drewzducks - Apr 3, 2013 at 1:13 PM

      Hang loose bro.

    • DelawarePhilliesFan - Apr 3, 2013 at 1:48 PM

      His name is actually Portuguese – he himself is part Portuguese, Hawaiian, Chinese and Japanese

    • buggieowens - Apr 3, 2013 at 6:06 PM

      You must have been using some pakalolo when you made that comment. You better share!

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