The Deal: 3 Years, $37.5 million
So much for a "more disciplined" Red Sox front office (h/t ESPN).
Committing nearly $40 million to a 32-year-old outfielder who is heavily reliant on his speed is a questionable decision to begin with.
When that outfielder is coming off of the least-productive season of his nine-year career, it's quite a baffling move.
But I understand Boston's thinking, in theory.
By all accounts, Shane Victorino is a great guy and an even better teammate, two qualities that Boston certainly has missed in its clubhouse over the past year or two.
The Flyin' Hawaiian is an excellent defensive outfielder who has speed and some pop in his bat. For much of his career, he's been an on-base machine, three times finishing the season with an on-base percentage better than .350.
Can Victorino return to his form in 2011, when he hit .279 with an .847 OPS?
Or was his 2012 season, in which he hit only .255 with a .704 OPS for the Phillies and Dodgers, a foretelling of what's to come?
There are simply too many questions surrounding how productive Victorino is going to be over the life of this deal for Boston to get high marks on this one.
When you consider that the team shed more than $200 million from its payroll towards the end of last season, there were better options—albeit more expensive ones—than Victorino.
My gut tells me that the Cleveland Indians will be thankful that Victorino turned down their four-year, $44 million offer by the time Victorino's three years in Boston have run their course (h/t Yahoo! Sports).