Not that I’m afraid of what the Red Sox lineup would look like with Josh Hamilton in it (though I am), but this sounds like a pretty fantastic turn of events for the outfield down there in Fuckface Farrell’s Masshole Nation:
— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) December 4, 2012
Jerry Crasnick adds that “things are moving fast” and the Sox are in “good position” to make it happen.
Uh… forgive me for disrespecting the very nice career that Victorino has had, for maybe acting like he’s older than his 32 years, or for putting too much weight into the career-worst offensive season he just completed– which, granted, wasn’t helped by a move to Dodger Stadium– but… I sure am fucking glad it’s them and not us.
Sure, any hitter would be helped by a move to Fenway– he’ll need it, if he lands there, after putting up a .128 ISO, .383 SLG, and .321 OBP last year– but… man, I don’t know. Maybe I’m falling into the trap of trusting my eyes too much– his speed factor on FanGraphs took a dip last year, but was pretty much in line with his career– but Victorino has never struck me as a guy who’s going to age well.
At the same time, if he’d hit the market a year earlier, after his six win 2011, this deal would look like a damn bargain, so… who’s to say? I’m just glad they’re very possibly not bringing in someone better– though it’s not like there isn’t still a chance that they could.
So… there’s that.