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Aloha, Shane Victorino; he signs with Red Sox for $39 million

December 04, 2012|By Steve Dilbeck
  • Shane Victorino will not be returning to the Dodgers after signing a $39 million contract with the Boston Red Sox.
Shane Victorino will not be returning to the Dodgers after signing a $39… (Luis Sinco / Los Angeles…)

Now imagine if Shane Victorino was actually coming off an impressive year.

Seems it was impressive enough for the Boston Red Sox, who Tuesday actually signed the 32-year-old outfielder for three years and $39 million. That’s a lot of money for a guy coming off a down year.

Ah, Shane, the Dodgers hardly knew you.

Victorino was one of the Dodgers new owners’ first moves last summer, coming over from the Philadelphia Phillies at the July 31 trading deadline to end the parade of left fielders and give the Dodgers a proven leadoff hitter.

Alas, Victorino never quite took off for the Dodgers, hitting .245 with 26 runs scored in 235 at-bats. He spent 25 days in the leadoff spot, was moved to second in the batting order and ultimately further down.

He batted a combined .255 with 72 runs and 39 stolen bases. And for that these days, they pay you $13 million a year.

It’s the same number of years and money the Red Sox gave free-agent Mike Napoli on Monday. Victorino, who mostly played center field for the Phillies, is expected to be the Boston right fielder.

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