Red Sox sign Shane Victorino to 3-year, $38 million deal

Jayne Kamin-Oncea-US PRESSWIRE

The Boston Red Sox have signed outfielder Shane Victorino to a 3-year contract. The speedy Hawaiian is a career .275 hitter, and won the 2008 World Series with the Philadelphia Phillies.

The Boston Red Sox have reached a deal with outfielder Shane Victorino, signing the 32-year-old to a three-year, $38 million deal, according to Alex Speier of WEEI.

Victorino had a bit of a sub-par campaign in 2012, only hitting .245 after being traded from the Philadelphia Phillies to the Los Angeles Dodgers. But the speedy Victorino has proven his ability to contribute on the big league level: he's led the league in triples twice, hit as high as .293, and was key factor on the Phillies' 2008 World Series championship team. Although his hitting took a bit of a downturn this past season, the speedster had a career-high with 39 stolen bases. Victorino been with Philadelphia for the majority of his MLB career, with the exception of a brief stint with the San Diego Padres as a rookie.

The switch-hitting Hawaiian has played center field for the majority of his career, but will likely shift to a corner spot with Jacoby Ellsbury the incumbent in center for the Sox.

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