Free agent outfielder Shane Victorino is drawing "realistic" interest from at least eight different clubs, reports Scott Lauber of the Boston Herald:
Shane Victorino drawing "realistic" interest from 8 teams, 11 overall including Detroit pre-Hunter. At 32 on 11/30, he seeks more than 2 yrs— Scott Lauber (@ScottLauber) November 14, 2012
Victorino, 31, did not have his best season in 2012, hitting .255/.321/.383 with eleven home runs in one hundred fifty-four games, but is still looking for a long-term deal on the free-agent market. Lauber also states that Victorino is open to playing any of the three outfield positions so long as he receives regular playing time.
With Torii Hunter signing a two-year, $26 million contract and lesser players like Cody Ross seeking three years and $25 million, it seems that Victorino may find the deal he is seeking. Teams will not have to relinquish a draft pick to sign the veteran outfielder because he was traded mid-season and thus was ineligible to receive a qualifying offer.