Giants interested in Michael Bourn, Shane Victorino for center-field spot

Monday December 3rd, 2012

Not many people expect the Braves to re-sign soon-to-be free agent leadoff hitter and center fielder Michael Bourn. (Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images) The Giants are reportedly interested in center fielders Michael Bourn and Shane Victorino. (Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

The San Francisco Giants won a World Series with Angel Pagan in center field. But CBS Sports' Jon Heyman reported that the Giants are interested in adding two premier free agents to fill the position.

Heyman reported that the Giants are talking to both Michael Bourn and Shane Victorino about their open center-field slot. On Sunday, Giants general manager Brian Sabean told The San Jose Mercury News that the team's first order of business at the upcoming meetings was trying to get deals done with Pagan and infielder Marco Scutaro. But he said the team would also look at "fallback options" if deals don't come together quickly.

"We have fallback positions and have created options if one or both decides not to sign with us," Sabean said. "We'll react to what we're up against. You have to play the game."
Batting mostly out of the leadoff slot last season with the Giants, Pagan hit .288 with a .338 on-base percentage and 29 stolen bases. Of the three, Bourn is coming off the best offensive season. He hit .274 with a .348 OBP and had 42 stolen bases with the Atlanta Braves, who signed B.J. Upton to a five-year deal on Thursday to replace Bourn. Bourn is also the youngest of the three at 29.

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