Rob Biertempfel tweets that the Pirates, who can really use outfielders, might be interested in the Phillies' Shane Victorino if they can get him for the right price.
#Pirates see Shane Victorino as perfect fit in their OF, but they are out of mix for trade unless #Phillies drop asking price dramatically.
I more or less agree with the Pirates' assessment. Much of Victorino's appeal lies in the fact that the Phillies really ought not to be asking a lot for him. His salary, at $9.5 million, isn't prohibitive, but it's mildly annoying, and he's a free-agent-to-be on a team that's going nowhere. He's also in the midst of a mediocre offensive year. Nonetheless, he's a consistently strong defensive player, which ought to be helpful to a Pirates team that has recently been starting Garrett Jones and minor-league infielder Drew Sutton in its outfield, and given Victorino's history, there's reason to hope his hitting might bounce back down the stretch.
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