Why Do I Not Like Shane Victorino?

Double ear flaps. So stupid. GAH!!! Courtesy of the AP

(The following is being syndicated from An A-Blog for A-Rod)

In addition to muddying the waters of the Russell Martin contract situation, Jon Heyman also listed the Yankees as one of several teams interested in free agent outfielder Shane Victorino. Victorino, 32, is coming off a down year that saw him traded from his longtime team in Philadelphia out to Cali to finish the season with the payroll-bloated Dodgers. I’m just going to get right to the point and say that I want absolutely no part of Shane Victorino on the 2013 Yankees. And here’s the kicker, I have absolutely no reason why. I’m not sure what it is about him, because it’s not like he’s a bad baseball player, but I’ve just never been much of a Shane Victorino guy. It’s completely irrational and I’m the first one to admit it, because Victorino could actually be a good fit for the Yankees.… Click here to read the rest

Yankees Interested In Shane Victorino

(AP)

The chance that Nick Swisher returns to the Yankees is extremely slim and there remains an obvious need in the outfield for the Yankees this offseason. With Curtis Granderson and Brett Gardner already penciled into the other two outfield positions, the Yankees have a lot of flexibility with whomever they target. At the moment, they’re looking at the switch-hitting centerfielder Shane Victorino.

Though the outfielder is coming off his worst offensive season ever, at 32 years old next year, he remains a high reward buy. Even with his 93 wRC+ and .255/.321/.383 triple slash, Victorino was able to put up a 3.3 fWAR between Philadelphia and Los Angeles in 2012. A lot of his value is caught up within his fielding and speed, and last year he successfully stole 39 bases out of 45 attempts. In left field, Victorino also put up a 19.3 UZR/150, although the 411 inning sample size is far from ideal.

Victorino also appeared to be unlucky at the plate.… Click here to read the rest

The Biggest Move This Season Could Occur With A Swisher Injury

Less than a week ago, Nick Swisher found himself out of a game for tightness in his left groin. Yesterday, again he was pulled, this time with tightness in his right groin. Now before you hit the panic switch, groin injuries are fairly common at this time of year, the point of spring training is to loosen players up, so no further tests are planned on the 31 year old. Still, it had me thinking what would happen if Swisher faced a season ending injury. Apart from catcher, there aren’t many positions I would expect the Yankees to immediately trade for a replacement, but right field is one of them.

With a budget to meet in 2014 and outfield prospects a few years away, I expect the Yankees to make a move for a cheap young outfielder after Swisher’s contract expires at the end of the year. The 2013 free agent market houses some impressive options for the team, but all at a significant price.… Click here to read the rest