In a loaded crop of free-agent outfielders, Shane Victorino is drawing a considerable amount of interest.
CBS Sports’ Jon Heyman reported that Victorino has garnered interest from at least seven teams in the free-agent process — the Cincinnati Reds, Cleveland Indians, New York Yankees, Texas Rangers, San Francisco Giants, Tampa Bay Rays and Boston Red Sox. Heyman reported that “several” of these teams are believed to be willing to offer at least three years in a contract.
The 2012 free-agent crop is ripe with outfielders. Along with Victorino, Josh Hamilton, Michael Bourn, Nick Swisher, Angel Pagan and B.J. Upton are all on the market.
Hurting Victorino’s standing is the fact that he had his worst statistical season of his career in 2012. With the Phillies and Dodgers, Victorino batted only .255 with a .321 on-base percentage. He hit 11 homers and stole 39 bases.