MLB Rumors: Indians “prime suitors” for Shane Victorino

The Cleveland Indians are reportedly “prime suitors” for veteran outfielder Shane Victorino.

In dire need of adding talent at a position of need, the Indians, per ESPN’s Jerry Crasnick, have emerged as the likely landing spot for the long-time Philadelphia Phillies outfielder. Chris Antonetti has long been a fan of Victorino with interest dating back to last season. He’s joined by the Boston Red Sox, Chicago Cubs and New York Yankess in terms of interested parties.

Crasnick reports via Twitter that newly hired manager Terry Francona personally called Victorino earlier this offseason.

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.

Seeing that outfielders BJ Upton and Angel Pagan have signed long-term deals, it is believed that Victorino is seeking a contract in the 3-to-4-year range. It is believed that a deal, regardless of team, could get done before teams leave Nashville’s Winter Meetings.

[Related: Tribe At The Winter Meetings: Will They Add, Or Blow It Up?]

  • Garry_Owen

    My heart says “yes,” my gut says “no.” Paging my brain . . .
    With Pagan off the board, this might do. But he might suck. Brain is confused . . .
    Can’t we just be relegated and not worry about this stuff?

  • RollTribe

    Im going to go ahead and say it, the Braves non tendered Jair Jurrjens. He had a rough year last year, but was a tough pitcher before that, and will probably go cheaper than he should. We need arms for the rotation, why wouldn’t we look that way. Just a little fantasy managing on my part, but I don’t see it as a bad move

  • architrance

    The Indians are the “Prime Suitors” along with Boston, Chicago and New York. Huh. Wonder how that will turn out?

  • mgbode

    depends on his health. it’s been spotty lately, but, when healthy, he can be effective.

  • mgbode

    it stinks that MLB teams are getting better at evaluations. getting “stuck” with Victorino is better than alot of the alternatives right now though.

  • Lyon25

    That’s who we tend to go after though. Injured guys that can try to have a rebound year with Tribe then they sell high a la Pavano

  • Lyon25

    Victor into signs with the Sox. tribe was close second. We’ve all heard this story before

  • nj0

    Red Sox are supposedly offering 3-yrs at around $38M. At that price I’ll pass.

  • markn95

    Word is the Tribe and Victrorino were very close to a deal until Shapiro told his agent that if all Shane was interested in was money, “don’t come.”

    Come for the “baseball” experience–dollar dogs, mascot races, fireworks, bobbleheads…

  • FearTheRoo

    Indians are looking to offer Jason Bay at least ten times that amount.

  • Natedawg86

    If all the stars align just right…

  • Natedawg86

    UPDATE: He gone