Brian Kotloff
Wednesday December 5th, 2012

In need of outfield help, the Red Sox emerged as frontrunners for free agent outfielder Shane Victorino on Tuesday after offering him a three-year, $38-million deal, according to The Boston Globe's Nick Cafardo.

The two sides have agreed to a three-year contract, reports WEEI's Alex Speier.

Victorino has played all three outfield positions during his nine-year career, and fits with Boston in right field alongside Jacoby Ellsbury and the recently signed Johnny Gomes.

The Indians, Cubs, Yankees and Phillies also showed interest in Victorino, according to reports.

The 32-year-old batted .255 with 11 home runs and 39 stolen bases for the Phillies and Dodgers last season. He made two All-Star teams and won three Gold Gloves and a World Series during seven-plus seasons in Philadelphia, before being traded at the 2012 non-waiver deadline. Boston also considered Nick Swisher and Cody Ross, according to reports on Monday, when the team agreed to sign Mike Napoli to a three-year deal.

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