Red Sox trade 2103 hero Shane Victorino to Angels – ESPN
Gordon Edes, ESPN Staff Writer
Has covered Red Sox for 15 years
Award-winning beat reporter
Joined ESPNBoston.com in 2009
BOSTON — And in the end, Shane Victorino wept.
“Tears of joy,” he called them Monday night, but the man Red Sox general manager Ben Cherington called one of the most passionate players he has ever known could not hide the sweet sorrow of his parting from the Red Sox.
Victorino was traded along with cash considerations to the Los Angeles Angels for for infielder Josh Rutledge a little more than an hour before Boston’s 10-8 loss to the Chicago White Sox, a game he watched from inside the Red Sox clubhouse.
Shane Victorino landed on the DL six times in less than three seasons with the Red Sox, but he also played a pivotal role in their 2013 title drive.
The Los Angeles Angels are hoping that Shane Victorino provides them with an offensive burst in left field, where the Angels have struggled all season.
The Red Sox will pay $3.8 million of the $4.9 million remaining on Victorino’s contract, according to a major league source.
He is going from the last-place team in the AL East to the first-place team in the AL West, a stroke of good fortune for any player who values winning as much as Victorino says he does.
And Victorino, who won a World Series with the Philadelphia Phillies in 2008 and another with the Red Sox in 2013, acknowledged that he embraces the chance to win another.
“My wife [Melissa] said to me this morning, she [asked] me about going somewhere. I said, ‘I’m fine here, I want to finish the deal.’ She said, ‘Don’t you want to go and win another ring?’
“Sometimes you overlook that simple fact. Yes, there’s nothing I want to do more than win another ring.”
But almost before taking the next breath, Victorino covered his face as he sobbed, reflecting on what he is leaving behind.
“People doubted me in 2012,” said Victorino, alluding to the year the Phillies traded him to the Dodgers, who subsequently acquired Carl Crawford and elected Victorino to walk as a free agent. “The Red Sox gave me a chance to win a World Series. I have nothing but respect for John Henry, Larry Lucchino, Tom [Werner], again, Ben [Cherington] John [Farrell]. More important my teammates. I mean, I’m going …Read More