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MLB Winter Meetings 2015: Indians Showing Interest in OF Shane Victorino

NASHVILLE – He was one of the players the Indians went after hard the last time the MLB Winter Meetings were in Nashville, and he’s on the radar again three years later, that being outfielder Shane Victorino.

It was in the winter of 2012, Terry Francona’s first season with the Tribe that the Indians offered the then free agent outfielder a deal reported to be worth $44 million over four years.

He turned down the Indians to sign with Boston. It was then the Indians set their sights and got Nick Swisher and Michael Bourn, two players they dealt this offseason to Atlanta.

Now rumors of the Indians having interest in Victorino is back, this after he was traded from Boston to Los Angeles to wrap up the remainder of the three-year deal worth $39 million he inked with Boston in 2012.

Last season he hit just .230 with one homer and 7 RBI in just 71 games between Boston and the Angels. He played in just 30 games two seasons ago, hitting .268 with two homers and 12 RBI with the Red Sox.

Needing outfielders in a bad way, it’s not a surprise the Indians have interest again in Victorino, who would come on the cheap wherever he ends up in 2016.

Matt Loede has been a part of the Cleveland Sports Media for over 21 years, with experience covering Major League Baseball, National Basketball Association, the National Football League and even high school and college events. He has been a part of the Cleveland Indians coverage since the opening of Jacobs/Progressive Field in 1994, and spent two and a half years covering the team for 92.3 The Fan, and covers them daily for Associated Press Radio. You can follow Matt on Twitter HERE.

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