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Seven teams interested in free agent outfielder Shane Victorino

Nov 26, 2012, 10:43 PM EDT

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Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com reports that free agent outfielder Shane Victorino is drawing interest from at least seven teams, including the Reds, Indians, Yankees, Rangers, Giants, Rays and Red Sox. While that’s one less than was reported by Scott Lauber of the Boston Herald earlier this month, that’s a pretty healthy market.

Victorino is coming off his worst season in the big leagues, but Heyman hears that several teams are willing to offer him at least three years. That’s what happens when you have extensive experience in center field and represent a cheaper alternative to the likes of Michael Bourn and B.J. Upton. Of course, Victorino wouldn’t be a center fielder for all seven teams listed above, but he has expressed a willingness to play a corner outfield spot if the price is right.

Victorino, who turns 32 on Friday, batted .255/.321/.383 with 11 home runs, 55 RBI and a .704 OPS this past season between the Phillies and Dodgers. He was an excellent 39-for-45 in stolen base attempts.

  1. dondada10 - Nov 26, 2012 at 10:59 PM

    Well, it’s gotta be true if Jon Heyman’s reporting it. He’s never been an agent’s puppet before or anything.

    • purnellmeagrejr - Nov 27, 2012 at 7:33 AM

      I didn’t have to wait long to seee some tedious Heyman hate. Wait until it comes out Heyman is from Kenya.

  2. Marty - Nov 26, 2012 at 11:02 PM

    He look decent in cream, black and orange pounding the Dodgers between stints in left field.

  3. barroomhero80 - Nov 27, 2012 at 1:31 AM

    Cream, black and orange. How queer

    • skerney - Nov 27, 2012 at 4:44 AM

      KIss the rings, then my ass.

  4. proudlycanadian - Nov 27, 2012 at 6:57 AM

    An interesting group of free agent outfielders to choose from: Bourn! Upton! Victorino! Ross! Swisher! Ichiro! A lot of complementary parts for teams to choose from but no super stars. Melky may have been the best of the lot, but he sure came with baggage.

    The usual cabal of rumor mongers will have fun with this bunch of talented but flawed bunch.

    • proudlycanadian - Nov 27, 2012 at 6:58 AM

      Edit function! I clicked a moment too soon!

  5. stex52 - Nov 27, 2012 at 8:42 AM

    Considering all the money flowing into the coffers, they may be an amazingly will paid set of complementary parts.

  6. chaseutley - Nov 27, 2012 at 10:25 AM

    I wonder if there’s a backstory regarding his departure from Philly. You’d think they’d at least be kicking around the idea of bringing him back, otherwise.

  7. deathmonkey41 - Nov 27, 2012 at 2:56 PM

    Does anyone know if Victorino is going to play for Italy in the WBC?

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