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Shane Victorino “on the radar” for the Red Sox, Rangers, Indians and Reds

Nov 10, 2012, 5:30 PM EDT

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Shane Victorino is coming off his worst season in the majors, but that hasn’t stopped teams from expressing interest in the free agent outfielder.

Jerry Crasnick of reports that Victorino is “on the radar” for the Red Sox, Rangers, Indians and Reds, among other teams in the market for outfield help.

Victorino, who turns 32 later this month, batted .255/.321/.383 with 11 home runs and 55 RBI, 39 stolen bases and a career-low .704 OPS in 154 games this season between the Phillies and Dodgers. While he had a steep and sudden decline from his career-high .847 OPS from last year, Crasnick speculates that he’ll draw interest due to his track record, his experience in big markets and his ability to play all three outfield positions. He also has a penchant for making wonderful GIFs for the whole world to enjoy.

Victorino is in the second tier of free agent center fielders along with Angel Pagan. Both players could function as fallback options for teams who are unable to sign or are uncomfortable with the asking price for the likes of Josh Hamilton, Michael Bourn, B.J. Upton and Torii Hunter.

  1. pisano - Nov 10, 2012 at 5:36 PM

    I think it’s only fair that you just go ahead and list every free agent dead or alive on the Red Sox radar, seriously, for Gods sake who isn’t on their radar?

    • historiophiliac - Nov 10, 2012 at 6:43 PM

      I know, right — but it’s a slow baseball news day every day if not for the BloSox & Dodgers stories. I’m glad that my Tigers play it close to the vest and we don’t have all this drama…but it would be a quiet, quiet off-season if you relied on us for news, so I can’t hate.

  2. tigers182 - Nov 10, 2012 at 7:24 PM

    So, he’ll be wearing red?

  3. Lukehart80 - Nov 10, 2012 at 8:33 PM

    The Indians certainly need an outfielder. If they trade Choo away, they’ll need two. Playing largely for 2015 makes sense to me, but they’ll still need to field a team until then, and signing Victorino wouldn’t impede them from preparing for the future.

  4. richwizl - Nov 11, 2012 at 8:35 AM

    Why not just re-sign Cody Ross? Oh, that’s right, he might ruin our chances of sucking again in 2013.

  5. ocramfan22 - Nov 11, 2012 at 11:03 PM

    As long as he never wears the Dodger uniform again…

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