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Shane Victorino could be cleared to return tomorrow

Jun 7, 2013, 11:20 PM EDT

Shane Victorino AP

Red Sox outfielder Shane Victorino could be activated from the 15-day disabled list before the second game of tomorrow’s double-header, according to Peter Abraham. Victorino has been dealing with a strained left hamstring and hasn’t played since May 20 as a result. Recently, he has been rehabbing with Triple-A Pawtucket.

The Sox signed Victorino to a three-year, $39 million free agent contract back in December. He is sitting on a paltry .705 OPS. Along with the injury, it has not been the first year of the contract the team envisioned when they brought him on board.

  1. tfbuckfutter - Jun 7, 2013 at 11:45 PM

    “Along with the injury, it has not been the first year of the contract the team envisioned when they brought him on board.”

    I like that the fans envision things more accurately than the team.

    Although, to be fair, I can’t think of many teams who wouldn’t line up to pay $13,000,000 a year to a guy who is statistically 2% better than average.

    And, while I am no mathemagician, the average MLB salary is somewhere between $3 and $3.5 million……and $13,000,000 is obviously less than 2% more than the average MLB salary.

  2. theskinsman - Jun 8, 2013 at 4:49 AM

    I think just maybe the fans should let him play a bit longer before jumping on the ‘he’s not worth it’ bandwagon. He’s not Dice-K or Crawford so far.

    • tfbuckfutter - Jun 8, 2013 at 7:53 AM

      Or they could look at his career and say “Well, if that’s what we can expect, he’s not worth it.”

  3. aceshigh11 - Jun 8, 2013 at 6:37 AM

    Victoronooooo…….

    Makin’ coffeeeeee…Busheeee….

  4. unclemosesgreen - Jun 8, 2013 at 11:46 AM

    Now cleared for takeoff – the Flyin Hawaiian.

    He brings loads of grit and the Power of Poi. Mr. Crashburn just misses him, I’m sure.

  5. Joe - Jun 8, 2013 at 3:00 PM

    Victorino’s actually been better than I expected. His .343 OBP is playable and I’ve been impressed with his defense.

    • tfbuckfutter - Jun 8, 2013 at 6:50 PM

      Really?

      You expected less than an 89 OPS+ from a $13m player?

      And his defense has been impressive? Great….HE HAS BEEN PLAYING RIGHT FIELD!

      You can’t make up for being an offensive vacuum by having good defense at a power position.

      Who in their right mind pays a 4th OF $13m?

      • Joe - Jun 9, 2013 at 1:59 PM

        Ummm, well I don’t really base my expectations on what a guy is getting paid. $13 million is an overpay, but I just care what a guy does on the field regardless of his salary.

        The 89 OPS+ is not great, but it’s due to the lack of power. His .343 OPB is passable and he doesn’t make outs on the basepaths.

        Defensively, it’s not CF, but as far as I remember RF in Boston is no picnic. He’s saved some runs out there compared to a guy like Nava, who has swung the bat well but given some of that back with defense.

        Victorino has his limitations, but he’s solid fundamentally. As long as he does well what he can do – get on base and play defense – you know he’s not going to hurt you by making mistakes in the rest of his game. And that makes him a decent player.

  6. theskinsman - Jun 9, 2013 at 1:42 AM

    The Red Sox,evidently. While no rational person would argue the amount of money paid for a player with Victorino’s numbers , I would point out there have been tons of worse value contracts signed every year.

    Oh, BTW, in case you missed it, The Flyin’ Hawaiin is a part of the team that’s in 1st place, and has been most of the season. That’s worth not getting your panties in a twist over him being overpaid.

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