The Los Angeles Angels have acquired outfielder Shane Victorino and cash from the Boston Red Sox in exchange for infielder Josh Rutledge, it was announced on Monday.
The Angels have been needing outfield help, as left fielder Matt Joyce has been struggling mightily this season, working to a .178/.224/.298 line over 278 plate appearances this season. It's been no secret that the team has needed an upgrade there.
Victorino will fill that bill, as he leaves the outfield carousel that was the Red Sox' outfield. He has only played in 33 games this season partly due to injury, accumulating just 106 plate appearances, slashing a .245/.324/.298 line.
The 34-year-old Hawaii native still has some speed, but it's not like it was when he was in his prime. This season he has successfully stolen all five bases he attempted and has yet to hit for a triple.
His name has appeared in trade talk over the past few weeks and should get the opportunity to start in Los Angeles if they do not acquire a better option within the next week. If that does become the case, Victorino will be a solid fourth outfield option.