Nobody laughing at Victorino deal now

Boston Red Sox right fielder Shane Victorino connects for an RBI-single during the seventh inning...

Boston Red Sox right fielder Shane Victorino connects for an RBI-single during the seventh inning against the Tampa Bay Rays in Game 4 of the American League Divisional Series at Tropicana Field. (Steve Mitchell/USA TODAY Sports)

KEN FIDLIN, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 8:55 PM ET

He began the season labelled in some quarters as the worst free-agent signing of the winter. By the time the last pitch is thrown in baseball's Octoberfest, Shane Victorino may very well turn out to be the best buy of all.

Coming off a season in which he had been traded by the Phillies, where he had played in two World Series and been in the playoffs five straight years, to the Dodgers and produced some of the poorest offensive numbers of his career, it was a popular belief that Victorino, at 32, was in decline.

That's why a lot of eyebrows were raised when the Red Sox signed him to a three-year, $39-million deal.


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