According to Jerry Crasnick of ESPN, the Cleveland Indians are one of several teams interested in outfielder Shane Victorino. The Reds, Rangers and Red Sox are also said to have expressed interest in the veteran free agent.
The 31-year-old outfielder is coming off of a disappointing 2012 season — in comparison to the 2009 and 2011 seasons wherein Victorino garnered MVP consideration — in which he hit .255/.321/.383 with 11 home runs, 55 runs batted in, 39 stolen bases and a career-worst OPS of .704.
The Indians were said to have been interested in the past and continue to have a considerable hole in left field. Victorino has proven to be a plus-defender at all three outfield spots, and has postseason experience, so any team which puts in the winning bid will have to bank on the “Flyin’ Hawaiian” rebounding from an off year the plate.