Update: It looks like the Yankees are out on Victorino as the Red Sox up their offer to three-years and $38 million, according to Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe.
Original post: One of the possible right field replacements for Nick Swisher has been Shane Victorino. So far his price tag has been too high for the Yankees, but that hasn’t stopped them from checking in on him, according to Jerry Crasnick of ESPN.
The Yankees have been very resistant of giving out multi-year offers so far this offseason and aren’t likely to break that trend for Victorino. Expect them to keep tabs on him until he signs though because as more outfielders come off the boards there will be fewer openings and they’ll want to monitor his asking price to see if it falls into their range. Don’t expect it to happen though.
Victorino, 32, is coming off a disappointing season where he hit just .255/.321/.383. That’s now a trend downward though as he’s just one year removed from a 130 OPS+ season and is still relatively young despite being on the wrong side of 30. In his career he has hit .275/.341/.430.