Shane Victorino

Shane Victorino: 'I want to be here at the end of my contract'

Rob Bradford
July 22, 2015 - 11:14 pm

HOUSTON -- Shane Victorino wants to win. He also wants to stay. The outfielder knows that one might very well go hand in hand with the other. Victorino is one of the Red Sox who are playing in a contract year, leaving him as a candidate to be shipped out at the non-waiver trade deadline if the team thinks this 11-game deficit is too much to overcome. That's why Victorino is eyeing the next nine days as some of the most important games of his Red Sox career. "What can we do in this however many days before the deadline? I don't want to go anywhere," he said. "I don't think any of the guys in here want to go anywhere. Let's go make it hard on [the front office]. "You look at things and say, 'Which way am I going to be a part of?' Am I going to make things difficult for our organization, letting them see we're showing them signs?" Victorino knows the Red Sox are teetering on the edge of not being able to get the benefit of the doubt when it comes to a resurgence. They dropped their seventh straight Wednesday night, and sit at 11 games under .500. There is no guarantees that even if the Red Sox start selling, Victorino will be part of the purge. He is just coming back from injury, and there will still be about $5 million to pay from the $13.5 million the outfielder makes this season. (According to a major league source, the Mets currently aren't eyeing Victorino despite shopping for outfielders.) But for the 34-year-old, anything scenario that doesn't include bolstering the current roster would offer uneasiness. "I don't want to see that," he said. "I don't want to be part of that kind of team. When I leave that's the part I sit there and think I didn't get to see it to the end. I want to be here at the end of my contract. "Make it miserable for them where they're thinking, 'Damn, our hands our tied. What are we going to do?' "I still plan on to this day of being here at the end. That's what I'm focused on. I think we can do it. I know we can do it. This is it for me."