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Shane Victorino is fielding calls from Indians, Red Sox, Giants

Dec 3, 2012, 1:38 PM EDT

Shane Victorino AP

Shane Victorino‘s down 2012 season will likely prevent him from getting a five-year deal as a free agent, but he’s still a very popular free agent:

Cleveland is an interesting possible destination, given that the Indians are far from big spenders and already have Michael Brantley to play center field. Victorino would presumably start in left field for the team. The Red Sox would use him in right field.

If Lauber is right, then Victorino’s demands have already come down a bit since the start of the spring. He might be smart to sign soon rather than wait for Michael Bourn and Angel Pagan to come off the board and shorten the number of suitors.

  1. xpensivewinos - Dec 3, 2012 at 1:46 PM

    3 for 30 for Victorino?

    That seems like a bargain compared to the 3 for 39 they just gave Napoli.

    Although, Victorino is actually athletic, can play defense and steal a base. That does not sound like a guy the Red Sox are interested in………

  2. uyf1950 - Dec 3, 2012 at 2:04 PM

    I’m not exactly sure why the Red Sox would be that interested in Victorino. They have a Center Fielder and they just signed Jonny Gomez to platoon in left field. Victorino hasn’t put in any substantial time playing right field since 2007. In the last 5 years I think you can count the times he’s played right field on one hand.

    • Ari Collins - Dec 3, 2012 at 2:14 PM

      RF in Fenway is pretty spacious, so they could use his defense. He’s a CF, and it’s usually not a big issue to switch down the defensive spectrum.

      Seems like a good fit to me, especially at that price.

    • homelanddefense - Dec 3, 2012 at 2:48 PM

      possibly because they are looking to deal Elsbury, or lose him completely when his deal is up

  3. blantoncollier - Dec 3, 2012 at 2:23 PM

    Larry Dolan spending money on a real free agent. No way—It must be some of that $250M he is getting for selling Sports Time Ohio to Fox Sports. Or the $10m in new revenue he would get annually after the deal closes.

    Oh it must have been a dream. Larry likes his “green” too much to spend it.

  4. histarz - Dec 3, 2012 at 2:38 PM

    I guess Victorino-Red Sox makes some sense, but I think he’s a perfect fit for the Giants. Great contact hitter, some power and great on-base savvy. Probably work out at the top of the order, but has shown production in the six spot too. Actually, Victorino-Giants is more of a self-serving motivation for myself, since I would gladly like to see more runs produced in that sweet ballpark out there in SF.

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