At least seven teams -- the Reds, Indians, Yankees, Rangers, Giants, Rays and Red Sox -- are believed to be interested in Shane Victorino, one of four excellent center fielders in a strong but still developing market.
Several teams are believed willing to go at least three years for Victorino, who publicly said months ago he was thinking about five years.
Though down from the eight teams rumored to have interest last month, Victorino is still proving to be a hot commodity on the market in spite of a disappointing season. His struggles in 2012 will probably keep teams from giving him the five guaranteed years he is seeking, but will not keep the two-time Gold Glove winner from getting a healthy contract this winter.
The soon-to-be 32-year-old hit just .255/.321/.383 with 11 home runs in 154 games on the year, well below his career norms. The switch-hitter is part of a crowded center field market that includes B.J. Upton, Michael Bourn and Angel Pagan.
If Victorino waits to sign until one or two others are off the market, he could get the deal he wants if a team gets desperate.