By RONALD BLUM, AP Sports Writer

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) _ A person familiar with the talks tells
The Associated Press that free agent outfielder Shane Victorino and
the Boston Red Sox are close to completing a three-year deal worth
$39 million.

The person spoke Tuesday at the baseball winter meetings under
condition of anonymity because the contract wasn’t finalized.

Victorino hit a combined .255 with 11 home runs and 55 RBIs last
season for Philadelphia and the Los Angeles Dodgers. He also stole
a career-high 39 bases. The Dodgers got Victorino in a late July
trade with the Phillies.

Victorino, who turned 32 last Friday, is a two-time All-Star and
three-time Gold Glove winner.

The Cleveland Indians also had been interested in signing
Victorino this offseason.

Boston finished last in the AL East this season and is trying to
boost its offense. On Monday, the Red Sox reached a $39 million,
three-year contract with Mike Napoli. An All-Star catcher with
Texas this season, he’ll mostly play first base next year.

(Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)


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