Originally written on The Outside Corner  |  Last updated 10/19/14
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Another outfield bat is off the market, as Shane Victorino has signed a three-year, $39 million deal with the Boston Red Sox. Victorino will apparently serve as the team's every day right fielder with newly signed Jonny Gomes taking a lion's share of the plate appearances in left. The 32-year old was primed for a big payday this offseason, but offensive struggles took a hatchet to his value. Victorino homered just 11 times with a .704 OPS in 2012, a season that was split between the Phillies and Dodgers. Victorino's year cratered after the trade, and he posted just a .667 OPS with two homers in his two months as a Dodger. However, despite his offensive struggles, Victorino still managed to steal 39 bases at an 80% clip (par for the course for him), and thrived defensively in left field after the trade to Los Angeles. By shifting to a corner in Boston, Victorino will preserve the defensive value that had been deteriorating in center field over the past couple of s...
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