Looking forward to seeing Shane run head-first into Pesky Pole on a regular basis. Mandatory Credit: Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports

Shane Victorino Signing Latest Proof Nashville City Officials Are Spiking Their Tap Water

Okay, the Red Sox’ signing of former Phil Shane Victorino to a three-year, $39 million deal is more proof that something is going on in Nashville.

Something is happening at these Winter Meetings that is forcing general managers from around the league to literally flush money down the toilet.

What was once thought to be a buyer’s market for general managers has suddenly turned into a windfall for players and their agents.

Need proof?

 

Four years and $44 million??? For Shane Victorino??? Were people conscious last season?

Year Age Tm G PA AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS OPS+
2003 22 SDP 36 83 73 8 11 2 0 0 4 7 7 17 .151 .232 .178 .410 14
2005 24 PHI 21 19 17 5 5 0 0 2 8 0 0 3 .294 .263 .647 .910 124
2006 25 PHI 153 462 415 70 119 19 8 6 46 4 24 54 .287 .346 .414 .760 91
2007 26 PHI 131 510 456 78 128 23 3 12 46 37 37 62 .281 .347 .423 .770 95
2008 27 PHI 146 627 570 102 167 30 8 14 58 36 45 69 .293 .352 .447 .799 107
2009 28 PHI 156 694 620 102 181 39 13 10 62 25 60 71 .292 .358 .445 .803 110
2010 29 PHI 147 648 587 84 152 26 10 18 69 34 53 79 .259 .327 .429 .756 101
2011 30 PHI 132 586 519 95 145 27 16 17 61 19 55 63 .279 .355 .491 .847 130
2012 31 TOT 154 666 595 72 152 29 7 11 55 39 53 80 .255 .321 .383 .704 91
2012 31 PHI 101 431 387 46 101 17 5 9 40 24 35 49 .261 .324 .401 .724 94
2012 31 LAD 53 235 208 26 51 12 2 2 15 15 18 31 .245 .316 .351 .667 85
9 Yrs 1076 4295 3852 616 1060 195 65 90 409 201 334 498 .275 .341 .430 .770 102
162 Game Avg. 162 647 580 93 160 29 10 14 62 30 50 75 .275 .341 .430 .770 102
PHI (8 yrs) 987 3977 3571 582 998 181 63 88 390 179 309 450 .279 .345 .439 .784 105
LAD (1 yr) 53 235 208 26 51 12 2 2 15 15 18 31 .245 .316 .351 .667 85
SDP (1 yr) 36 83 73 8 11 2 0 0 4 7 7 17 .151 .232 .178 .410 14
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 12/4/2012.

Look, I’ve always liked Shane. His 2008 postseason performance was one for the ages. He provided perhaps the two biggest hits in Phillies playoff history, the two-run shot against L.A. that tied Game 4 of the NLCS and his grand slam off C.C. Sabbathia in Game 2 of the NLDS against Milwaukee.

But in 2012, Victorino had his worst season since he became a regular in 2006. He set career lows in batting average (.255), on base percentage (.321), slugging percentage (.383) and OPS (.704).

When the Phillies signed Victorino to a contract extension after the 2009 season, he was just 29 years old. The deal was for three years and $22 million.

The Red Sox have just signed Victorino for more money, after his worst season ever, in order to keep him for three seasons in which he’ll be 32, 33 and 34 years old.

That ain’t smart money.

Of course, Victorino was never really a serious option for the Phillies. Ruben Amaro seemed to have regarded Shane as a cheap back-up plan should their other options fall through.

They certainly could never have foreseen multiple teams fighting over him like a top 10 MVP candidate, throwing more money at him for his mid-30s years than he earned in his prime.

But that seems to be the trend this week at the Winter Meetings in Nashville. Teams are throwing gobs and gobs of money at players clearly not worth the cash they’re being given.

Thankfully, the Phillies have not been one of them yet.

There’s still time, though.

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