Vic­torino OK on mov­ing from cen­ter field to right

Giants, Tor­res agree to deal; Reds fi­nal­ize Han­na­han’s con­tract.

Austin American-Statesman - - C SPORTS -

Hawai­ian Shane Vic­torino was so ex­cited to ar­rive in Bos­ton in the chill of De­cem­ber he or­dered some New Eng­land clam chow­der at din­ner and sent a pic­ture to his Twit­ter fol­low­ers.

That’s when he got his first les­son.

“It’s CHOWDA!” Red Sox cen­ter fielder Ja­coby Ells­bury cor­rected him.

“That was the first real mes­sage from Ja­coby for Bos­ton,” Vic­torino said Thurs­day at a news con­fer­ence to an­nounce the $39 mil­lion, three-year deal he agreed to at the win­ter meet­ings. “I’ve got to learn the lingo.”

Vic­torino joins Ells­bury in the Red Sox out­field, with the op­por­tu­nity to re­place the 2011 AL MVP run­ner-up when Ells­bury’s con­tract ex­pires at the end of next sea­son. In the mean­time, Vic­torino is slot­ted for right field.

“I al­ways look at it as, ‘I’m go­ing to help this team win,’” Vic­torino said. “I came in as a right fielder. ... Don’t get me wrong, I love cen­ter field, I want to be a cen­ter fielder, but I play right. I’m ex­cited for the op­por­tu­nity. I might wrap my­self around that pole, but if I’ve got to go get the ball I’ve got to go get it.”

Red Sox gen­eral man­ager Ben Cher­ing­ton said adding a “cen­ter field­qual­ity right fielder” was one of his goals for the off­sea­son. It’s also been im­por­tant to add play­ers who can im­prove the chem­istry of a team that col­lapsed in Septem­ber 2011 and never got in po­si­tion to col­lapse in 2012.

“He fits per­fectly into our short- and long-term plan,” Cher­ing­ton said.

Nick­named the Flyin’ Hawai­ian, Vic­torino is a .275 hit­ter with 90 homers in seven full sea­sons.

Vic­torino said his ex­pe­ri­ence with the de­mand­ing Phillies fans should also help pre­pare him for Bos­ton.

“I’m hop­ing it’s not worse than Philly,” he said. “That was a try­ing ex­pe­ri­ence.”

Also Thurs­day, Bos­ton has agreed to terms with right-han­der Ryan Demp­ster on a two-year con­tract worth $26.5 mil­lion, two peo­ple fa­mil­iar with the ne­go­ti­a­tions said.

Demp­ster, who was 12-8 with a 3.38 ERA last sea­son with the Chicago Cubs and Texas Rangers, gives the Red Sox a re­li­able pitcher who has thrown more than 200 in­nings for four of the past five sea­sons.

Giants: An­dres Tor­res (.230, three HRs, 35 RBIs with the New York Mets) agreed to a one-year, $2 mil­lion con­tract Thurs­day with San Fran­cisco. Tor­res, 34, must pass a phys­i­cal to fi­nal­ize the deal, the Giants said.

Reds: Cincin­nati and 32-year old free-agent in­fielder Jack Han­na­han (.244, four HRs, 29 RBIs with Cleve­land) fi­nal­ized a two-year, $4 mil­lion con­tract, giv­ing the team added depth at third base.

Twins: Min­nesota has fi­nal­ized a two-year, $10 mil­lion con­tract with right-han­der Kevin Cor­reia. The 32-year-old, an All-Star in 2011, went 12-11 with a 4.21 ERA for Pitts­burgh last sea­son.

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