Another good clubhouse guy from my time covering the Phillies minor league system, Shane Victorino is reportedly on the Yankees radar.
According to Jon Heyman, there are “at least” seven teams interested in Victorino, and the Yankees are among them. However, Heyman also notes that some teams are willing to give Victorino a three-year deal, and that doesn’t seem like the kind of commitment the Yankees are looking for.
Victorino would be a strong defensive right fielder, and he’d give the Yankees another switch hitter. He’s coming off a down season, but even then remained productive against left-handers (something the Yankees need). There are a lot of things to like about Victorino, but he’s far from a sure thing. As with everyone on the market, the Yankees interest in Victorino could hinge on money and years.
A few other quick notes:
• The same source said reports of a deal with Ichiro Suzuki are completely false. The Yankees are engaged in conversations with other free agents, but nothing is likely to be done before the Pettitte and Rivera deals are complete. Joel Sherman went so far as to say the Yankees are not having any serious talks with Ichiro at this point.
• Andrew Marchand hears that Russell Martin is looking for a four-year deal worth close to $10 million per season. Yikes.
• The Angels have reportedly agreed to a one-year deal with Ryan Madson.