Red Sox ready to introduce Victorino
By Evan Drellich / 12/12/12 11:51 PM ET
Outfielder Shane Victorino is set to officially join the Red Sox on Thursday in a noon ET press conference at Fenway Park.
The 32-year-old gives the Sox a center-field-caliber right fielder: He comes to the Sox with three Gold Gloves and a three-year deal for $39 million.
"ALOHA look forward to addressing #RedSox Nation," Victorino wrote on his Twitter account Wednesday night. The press conference will be streamed live on MLB.com and redsox.com
Victorino's spent the entirety of his nine-year career in the National League and has a career .275/.341/.430 line.
Meanwhile, another hitter the Sox agreed to terms with at the Winter Meetings, first baseman Mike Napoli, is still in the wind. Boston appeared to have reached a deal with Napoli a day earlier than it did Victorino -- but the former still has not been introduced. Napoli was reported to have had his physical Monday, and it's possible something negative arose in the evaluation.
General manager Ben Cherington didn't acknowledge the Napoli signing at the time it broke.
"We've made some progress and he's a guy who gets on base, has power and could be a good fit for our ballpark," Cherington said in Nashville, Tenn., where the Winter Meetings were held.
Napoli, like Victorino, was believed to have a three-year, $39 million contract.