Shane Victorino meets media at noonThursday December 13th, 2012
Energy, character, and playoff experience were the main talking points as the Red Sox introduced outfielder Shane Victorino to the media Thursday afternoon at Fenway Park. Sox general manager Ben Cherington praised Victorino's versatility both on and off the field.
"He's been a big part of great teams," said Cherington. "He's a guy who can do a lot of things on the baseball field: Great defender, great baserunner, hitter from both sides of the plate, and one of the highest energy guys in the game. We're thrilled to add him to our team and to our clubhouse."
Mentioning the team's tradition, Victorino called Fenway Park one of his favorite places to play as an opponent. He said he was "ecstatic" to call Boston home for the next three years. On the team's recent clubhouse turmoil and last-place finish in 2012, Victorino said he hoped to be part of the solution.
"The last couple years has been definitely tough for the Boston organization," said Victorino. "At the end of the day we look beyond that now."
Victorino signed a three-year, $39 million deal with the Sox and is slated to play right field.
We may soon get more details on the Mike Napoli holdup. Napoli has had injury issues surrounding his legs and hip and that may be where the Red Sox want some language protection.
The team continues to look for pitching, focusing on Ryan Dempster, but also in on Kyle Lohse, Anibal Sanchez, and Edwin Jackson.