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Victorino going to Red Sox in $39M, 3-year deal

By Ronald Blum

AP Sports Writer

LAST UPDATED: 05:03 a.m. HST, Dec 05, 2012

NASHVILLE, Tenn. » Free-agent outfielder Shane Victorino and the Red Sox agreed Tuesday to a $39 million, three-year contract, Boston's second big addition during the winter meetings.

Nicknamed The Flyin' Hawaiian, Victorino tweeted that he planned to spend the day on Maui on a snorkeling trip aboard the Alii Nui catamaran.

"Just agreed to join the Boston (at)RedSox in the middle of paradise," he tweeted. "(hash)BLESSED!!! Can't wait to get to Boston!"

Victorino's deal is subject to a physical, as is the $39 million, three-year contract the Red Sox agreed to Monday with Mike Napoli.

Victorino hit a combined .255 with 11 home runs and 55 RBIs last season for Philadelphia and the Los Angeles Dodgers. He also stole a career-high 39 bases. The Dodgers obtained Victorino in a late July trade with the Phillies. 

Victorino grew up on Maui and is a St. Anthony High School graduate.

A two-time All-Star and three-time Gold Glove winner, Victorino turned 32 on Friday. He also had been pursued by the Cleveland Indians.

Victorino played mostly center field for the Phillies and shifted to left with the Dodgers. He likely would play right field for the Red Sox but could shift to center if Jacoby Ellsbury is traded or leaves as a free agent after next season.

"It's probably the toughest right field in baseball to play, just in terms of the space to cover," new Boston manager John Farrell said earlier in the day. "So that range comes into play. And yet you try to combine the best range available along with offensive production. It might not be your prototypical right fielder where it's a power bat because we do value the defense in that area. That's not to exclude anyone, but defense takes a high priority, in that position at Fenway particularly."

Boston finished last in the AL East and is trying to boost its offense. Napoli, an All-Star catcher with Texas this year, appears likely to shift his primary position.

"We see him as a first baseman primarily, but with the ability to catch," Farrell said. "We would have him catch in spring training early on, but then certainly make sure that we've got enough reps at first base for not only him to feel comfortable there, but for us as well."

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false wrote:
Lets spread that wealth around.
on December 4,2012 | 02:40PM
entrkn wrote:
you don't need it if you are moving to one of the 15 tax free countries in blaze that you mentioned in another article today...
on December 4,2012 | 04:12PM
808warriorfan wrote:
on December 4,2012 | 02:48PM
false wrote:
Its Green Backs that are going to get Re-distributed.
on December 4,2012 | 03:09PM
Tanabe wrote:
Too bad for me too. I don't like Victorino
on December 4,2012 | 04:49PM
honopic wrote:
Another HATER. Don't like him? Why not tell him to his face? I doubt you have the stones.
on December 5,2012 | 04:20AM
honopic wrote:
I'm sure your HATE will keep the Red Sox and their fans awake at night. Only ignorant people hate sports teams. Don't like 'em, don't watcjh 'em. But spare us your hate mail.
on December 5,2012 | 04:17AM
entrkn wrote:
Shane, I live Maui and I love lobster... Boston is a great city!... hope you love it too.
on December 4,2012 | 04:15PM
usahwn wrote:
And he like you buy zippy and donate to his foundation ??????????
on December 4,2012 | 05:31PM
oldertimer808 wrote:
Listen to all you envies people in the blog. Never envy anyone, do not be greedy, never dispair over loss or lack of and be happy for others. Good for you Shane Victorino for all your hard work thru out the years in the minors and the majors.
on December 4,2012 | 05:43PM
oldertimer808 wrote:
Oh I forgot one more don't be jealous of others.
on December 4,2012 | 08:17PM
Wazdat wrote:
A W E S O M E....good luck Shane.
on December 4,2012 | 08:59PM
clum56 wrote:
i'm a Minnesota Twins fans, but I am a great fan of Shane's. Good luck Braddah Shane and playing in Home of the green Monster. At least you'll get lots of fresh lobster. Just remember if they get on you which the fans tend to do, you're still an Island born and raised braddah...aloha...
on December 5,2012 | 05:09AM
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