Reporting Matt Loede
NASHVILLE (92.3 The Fan) – The Indians appear to be at the cusp of making a deal happen that would add an outfielder and a possible leadoff hitter at the same time.
Jerry Crasnick of ESPN tweets that the Tribe are now the clear front runner for free agent OF Shane Victorino, and that even new Tribe skipper Terry Francona made the personal effort to reach out to him earlier this offseason.
The 32-year-old Victorino last season played for both the Phillies and Dodgers, and can play any position in the outfield, but likely would play center and the team would move Michael Brantley to left.
Last season he hit .255 with 11 homers and 55 RBI, and had a career-high 39 steals. If he does come to the Indians, rumors are will the cost the Tribe about $35-$40 million, and it could be as much as a four-year deal.