April 18, 2014

MLB News: Victorino signs with Boston Red Sox over Indians

The Indians were one of at least two teams bidding for the services of outfielder Shane Victorino. The Red Sox have inked the 32 year old to a three-year, $39 million dollar contract.

“The Boston Red Sox reached a three-year, $39 million agreement with free-agent outfielder Shane Victorino on Tuesday, according to a source with direct knowledge of the negotiations.

The deal is pending a physical.

The terms of the agreement are exactly the same as the deal Boston reached with free-agent first baseman/catcher Mike Napoli on Monday.”

According to the Plain Dealer’s Paul Hoynes, the Indians offered Victorino a four year deal worth $44 million.

[Related: Indians prime suitors for Victorino]

  • matt underwood

    why not offer swisher the same deal – hes better anyway

  • Ritz

    3 years and almost $40 mil for a declining Victorino? I’ll gladly pass on that.

  • http://www.waitingfornextyear.com/ Scott @ WFNY

    As a fan, I didn’t want Victorino, but it speaks volumes that — if Hoynes is in fact correct — he turned down more money to play for a team that was one of the league’s biggest jokes just one season ago.

  • Matt S

    The move makes financial sense for Victorino if you think he can get more than $5M after his age 34 season. Sucks that the Indians couldn’t get him, but I’m not sure we’d really be in a great position if we’re paying him $11M at that age. Might have worked out better for all involved.

    Though the opportunity to corner the market on outfielders wearing double-flapped helmets has been missed.

  • Matt S

    Swisher is likely getting much more than this. There’s speculation that he’ll get “at least” 4 years in the $12-15MM range. I like Swisher, but he might not be a good fit for the Indians because of his salary and length of time demands. That being said, if we can get him I’d be more okay with trading Choo.

  • typo

    What does that say about our team, eh?

  • mgbode

    so, they ‘traded’ Adrian Gonzalez for Napoli
    and Crawford for Victorino

  • porckchopexpress

    I don’t think its so much a referendum on the Indians as it probably is a personal choice on the part of Victorino. First he’s making 2 million more per year on this contract. Second as Matt points out he’s free at 35 as opposed to 36. Sounds like he’s betting he can get one more contract and he feels like that will be a better deal if he gets it a year younger.

  • 0degreesK

    A 30 year old baseball player passes on an extra year and more money? Doesn’t say much for the Indians.

  • Natedawg86

    Hmm…there goes the Choo to Bos theory

  • Natedawg86

    Cost of living is higher in Bos too!

  • MrCleaveland

    The Indians were crazy to make Victorino that offer, and Victorino was crazy to turn it down.

  • BisonDeleSightings

    Dodged a bullet there.

  • mgbode

    gold glove OFer with speed and power who is just 1 year removed from an OPS+ of 130.

    he’s not “they guy” that i’d want to be paying that money to, but i’m not surprised he got it.

  • The_Real_Shamrock

    Reminds me of the Willingham excuses but love how such a bad team like Cleveland couldn’t use the likes of Victorino. That’s probably why they made him an offer huh?

  • The_Real_Shamrock

    Injured Crawford and a ton of saved money – you forgot to mention.

  • mgbode

    just noting who they replaced their spots