Reporting Matt Loede
NASHVILLE (92.3 The Fan) – The Indians pursuit of outfielder Shane Victorino ended in flames on Tuesday afternoon at the 2012 MLB Winter Meetings.
The free-agent outfielder shunned the Indians, who were offering him a deal, to instead take a mega three-year deal worth $37.5 million to go to Terry Francona’s old team – Boston.
The Red Sox plan on playing Victorino in right field, while the Indians would have likely put him in center field, with Michael Brantley moving to left.
Boston has made the biggest splash so far at the meetings, as they have inked both Victorino and first baseman/catcher Mike Napoli.
The Indians meanwhile, will continue to search for players to help out Francona’s first roster as manager of the Tribe.
Still a possibility is outfielder a Jason Bay, who reports say is “pretty close” to signing with the Mariners, according to 710-ESPN radio in Seattle.
Bay was released by the Mets with $21 million remaining on his contract, but the Mets will be picking up some of that money.
In 70 games with the Mets last season, Bay hit just .165 with 8 homers and 20 RBI. He’s 34 years old, and any deal would be one with a lot of risk attached to it.
Then there’s the ongoing rumor of the Indians talking to the Arizona Diamondbacks about the chance of acquiring outfielder Justin Upton.
CBSSports.com senior writer Jon Heyman reports the D-Backs want a shortstop, and one name that could be on their list is Indians two-time All-Star Asdrubal Cabrera.
A couple other names the D-Backs like is Andrelton Simmons of the Braves, as well as both Elvis Andrus and Jurickson Profar of the Rangers.
Upton is just 25, and last season was a down year for him, yet he still hit .280 with 17 homers and 67 RBI.
Two seasons ago, he hit .289 with 31 homers and 88 runs batted in.