Victorino: ‘I should be the starting right fielder’
After signing Hanley Ramirez earlier this week to become the team’s left fielder, the Red Sox have an even greater surplus of outfielders, leaving many to wonder who will man right field come the start of next season.
Shane Victorino believes it should be him.
“If you think there’s somebody better in right, be my guest,” Victorino told WEEI’s Rob Bradford on Friday. “Obviously health will dictate that. But if I’m healthy if there’s a better outfielder in right field then show me and go out there and do it. I’m not saying that in a cocky or arrogant way. It’s just how confident I am to know I should be the starting right fielder.”
With Ramirez in left and Rusney Castillo expected to be in center field, that leaves Mookie Betts, Yoenis Cespedes, Daniel Nava, Allen Craig, Jackie Bradley Jr. and Brock Holt fighting for a spot in right.
While Victorino manned right field for the Red Sox during their 2013 World Series run, he dealt with back and hamstring issues this past season, limiting him to just 30 games.
The 34-year-old told Bradford that Monday will mark the first time he’ll swing a bat since undergoing back surgery in August.
Victorino is in the final season of a three-year, $39 million deal.
— Quinn Roberts