In response to SpacemanEephus' comment:
In response to Thesemenarecowards' comment:
Seems like a lot of money for a guy coming off a a .255/.320OBP season and his best seasons were 3-5 years ago.
I'd like him at about 1/2-2/3 of that money. He is a switch hitter but his spilts are huge. He hit .230 from the Left side last year.
Cowards, I agree it is a lot of money. But, I am not so sure about this assertion that some folks are making that he is in obvious decline. 2012 was a bad year for Shane. But, he is one year removed from what was arguably his best offensive season. Shane was never a great offensive player. But he does a lot of things well. He can run. He gets on base. He has surprising power.
I was a big proponent of signing Cody Ross last year. And he did exactly what he was supposed to do. However, for the money (and Cody will get similar money), I think Victorino is the better value. Outside of being clutch (which Shane has also shown in his career), Ross hit home runs. And thats it. He is a semi-liability in the field. Strikes out way too much. When you factor everything in, Victorino is a better choice than Ross (not that you were making that comparison).
I have to say that the idea of Ross in RF every day scared me a little. At least Victorino can cover some ground and has a decent arm. The Sox need to get back to having outfielders who can actually throw. I'm tired of watching spaghetti armed outfielders trying to get the ball back to the infield.