Rumor: Yankees interested in Shane Victorino 13


The market for free agent outfielder Shane Victorino is starting to heat up with at least seven teams interested in signing him including the Yankees, according to Jon Heyman of CBS Sports.

Victorino has said he’s looking for a five year deal, but that doesn’t seem likely. It sounds like there are a few teams willing to sign him to a three year deal though. The Yankees have been reluctant to offer multi-year deals to free agents, but it’s possible that they could see Victorino as a slightly cheaper option that helps them to stay under the $189 million payroll in 2014.

Victorino is coming off the worst season of his career, but he will only be 32 next season so last year may have been a bit of an anomaly.

The Yankees could potentially see him as an alternative option to Ichiro Suzuki because like Ichiro Suzuki he is a good base runner and fielder, but he’s a slightly better hitter. He has hit .275/.341/.430 in his career and .264/.334/.432 over the past three years. If they can get Ichiro on a one-year deal it seems hard to believe they would be willing to go three years with Victorino though.


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13 thoughts on “Rumor: Yankees interested in Shane Victorino

  • Tanned Tom

    Victorino a slightly better hitter? Career numbers give Suzuki a higher BA .322 to .275, a higher OBP .365 to .341, lower slugging .419 to .430. Last year Suzuki's line with the Yanks was .322/.340/.454, Victorino's .255/.321/.383. Victorino might have more left in the tank, but he's not a better hitter.

  • Rob Abruzzese Post author

    Since it's not fair to compare players over such a small sample size as 2 months let's be a little more realistic:

    Ichiro's OPS last year: .697 (95 OPS plus)
    Ichiro's OPS last 2 years: .670 (90 OPS plus)
    Victorino's OPS last year: .667 (85 OPS plus)
    Victorino's OPS last 2 years: .771 (109 OPS plus)

    Considering one is 39 and one is 32, I don't think anybody can say for certain that Ichiro is the better option even for one year. You have to separate what these two have done in the past from what we can realistically expect.

  • jersey joe

    i like ichiro here…call a gut feeling but im not in love with the "flyin Hawaian". but more importantly what exactly are the yankees telling us with all these 1 and done contracts? this isnt basketball, expiring contracts are worthless in baseball. is it me or are they just saying "we will be just as good as last year, but boy are we gonna suck in 14" ?

  • FRED MARIANI

    CASHMAN AND hAL SEEM CONTENT TO HAVE A LINE UP OF 230 BATTERS THAT SWING FOR THE FENCES AND LEAVE MEN ON IN KEY SITUATIONS.THIS TEAM,WITH THIS MANAGEMENT,WILL NEVER SEE ANOTHER RING.GEORGE IS ROLLING OVER IN HIS GRAVE.CT FRED

  • FRED MARIANI

    THE ONLY WAY THIS NEW YANKEE OWNERSHIP WILL GO AFTER REAL TALENT IS IF YANKEE FANS STAY HOME AND COMMUNICATE AN IMPORTANT MESAGE " WE WILL NOT PAY 100 BUCKS A SEAT TO WATCH PLAYERS THAT ARE HAS BEENS" THE YANKS HAVE BECOME JUNK COLLECTORS WHILE STILL DEMANDING TOP DOLLAR FOR SEATS.

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