Reporting Matt Loede
NASHVILLE (92.3 The Fan) – Day two of the 2012 MLB Winter Meetings has officially started in Nashville, and the Indians are right in the middle of a number of rumors.
Monday Chris Antonetti said that the team has been hot and heavy in talks with agents and teams about trades and signings, and two players that the Indians have an interest in are two outfielders.
The first is Mets OF Scott Hairston, who last season in New York hit .263 with 20 homers and 57 runs batted in.
The other outfielder the Indians are reportedly courting is Dodgers OF Shane Victorino, who according to CBS Sports’ Jon Heyman already has a couple three-year offers on the table.
Victorino could make a major impact if the Indians land the 32-year-old, as he could mean Michael Brantley could move to left, and he also could hit leadoff, pushing Brantley down in the lineup to give the Indians more power in the latter half of the order.
As for moves, there’s reports that the Indians are active in shopping a number of their name players, including shortstop Asdrubal Cabrera, closer Chris Perez, OF Shin-Soo Choo and starting pitchers Justin Masterson and Ubaldo Jimenez.
Paul Hoynes of the Plain Dealer says that the team wants three to four prospects for Cabrera, and they had an offer for him that the Indians pulled back when the team asked for a third prospect and didn’t get it.
Right now Cabrera has two years left on his deal for $16.5 million. Last season he was an All-Star, hitting .270 with 16 homers and 68 RBI.
Hoynes also said that the San Diego Padres have asked about starters Masterson and Jimenez, and the Red Sox have asked about Masterson, again.
Boston asked about him last July, and new manager John Farrell likes him and would like to snag him away from the Indians – at the right price of course.
Jimenez had an awful 2012, and while the Indians did pick up his option at $5.75 million, they wouldn’t get much return on the former Rockies pitcher who was traded for in 2011 when the team moved pitchers Drew Pomerenz and Alex White to get him.