According to Bob Nightengale of USA Today, the Cleveland Indians are “showing interest in free agent OF Shane Victorino.”
The #Indians are showing interest in free agent OF Shane Victorino
— Bob Nightengale (@BNightengale) December 7, 2015
Chris Cotillo of SB Nation followed this up by confirming that the Indians are showing the “most intense interest” in Victorino.
Victorino has played just 101 games over the past two seasons, including 71 games in 2015 between the Boston Red Sox and Los Angeles Angels. However, Victorino has experience at all three outfield positions, and played all three last season — although he primarily played the corners in the corners. Victorino is a two-time World Series winner, with the Philadelphia Phillies in 2008 and the Red Sox in 2013. For his career, the former Rule 5 pick has a .275/.340/.425 slash line with 108 home runs and 231 stolen bases. Victorino has claimed four Gold Gloves in his 12-year career while also making two All-Star teams.
Left fielder Michael Brantley is expected to miss some time at the beginning of the season, Abraham Almonte, Cleveland’s current CF hit .250 across 81 games for San Diego and Cleveland last season and current RF Lonnie Chisenhall has just 52 games of professional outfield experience. Victorino could be a good, veteran presence to help the Indians fill out their outfield and bench depth. He is likely no longer an everyday player, but could bring some value to a young Indians team.
More updates to come as they are released.