The Boston Red Sox continued to spend money like it grows on the trees lining Yawkey Way, as they signed free agent Shane Victorino to a three-year, $39 million contract on Tuesday. The problem for the Red Sox, is that their deal with the veteran outfielder will almost certainly backfire.
The 32-year-old Victorino is coming off a disappointing 2012 season he split between Philadelphia and Los Angeles. He finished the year with a .255 batting average, 11 home runs, 55 RBI, a career-high 80 strikeouts, and an OPS of just .704. His WAR was also a lousy 2.3.
Victorino played like a platoon player for most of 2012, with both the Phillies and the Dodgers. He’s also a switch hitter who doesn’t hit right-handers particularly well. Over the past three season he has a combined slash line of .244/.311/.390 in 1,388 plate appearances against right-handed hurlers. That’s awful for a guy who just got a huge contract.
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