Phillies send Victorino to Dodgers
Shane Victorino will hear an unfamiliar sound at Chavez Ravine:
The Phillies traded the two-time All-Star center fielder to the
Los Angeles Dodgers on Tuesday for reliever Josh Lindblom and minor
league pitcher Ethan Martin.
Philadelphia also gets a player to be named or cash for the
31-year-old Victorino, who can become a free agent after the
season. The last-place Phillies then sent two-time All-Star right
fielder Hunter Pence to the San Francisco Giants for three
”Mahalo to the (at)Phillies and the AMAZING fans in Philly for
a great run. A lot of unforgettable memories in this city. I’ll
miss you guys!” Victorino wrote on Twitter.
Victorino is batting .261 with nine homers, 40 RBIs and 24
steals. He helped the Phillies win five straight NL East titles and
the 2008 World Series championship.
”We’re excited to add an All-Star caliber player with
postseason experience,” Dodgers general manager Ned Colletti said.
”He plays the game with passion, gives us a top of the order bat
from both sides of the plate, can steal bases and is solid
defensively in the outfield.”
Victorino has been booed at Dodger Stadium since Game 3 of the
2008 NL championship series. Victorino took exception to a fastball
thrown over his head by Hiroki Kuroda. He shouted at Kuroda while
pointing at his own head and upper body as if to say: ”It’s OK to
throw at my body, but not my head.” Benches cleared, but no
punches were thrown.
Since that day, Victorino has been a villain to Dodgers
Victorino joins a team that’s tied for first place in the NL
West with the Giants. Though he’s a three-time Gold Glove winner,
he could move to left field because reigning Gold Glove winner Matt
Kemp plays center. Kemp, however, told team officials that he’d be
willing to move to left before the trade.
Victorino primarily batted second in Philadelphia’s lineup,
though he hit everywhere from first to sixth this season. He’s
expected to lead off for Los Angeles, which hasn’t had much
production in that slot. Dodgers leadoff hitters have a .221
average and .279 on-base percentage this season. Victorino’s
on-base percentage is .324, down from .355 last year.
”He is definitely a character and also he can handle in a real
good way at times,” Phillies manager Charlie Manuel said. ”Other
times, he’s also worried about everything. Really. He’s worried
about somebody in the stands. He’s worried about this. He’s worried
about that. He’s worried about everything. You’re like, can I
question how focused he can stay for a long period of time? But I
look at his talent, and his talent was tremendous.”
Victorino is the second major addition for the Dodgers in the
past week. They acquired three-time All-Star and former NL batting
champion Hanley Ramirez from Miami last Thursday. Los Angeles
strengthened its bullpen late Monday night, acquiring former
All-Star reliever Brandon League from the Seattle Mariners for two
”It’s been a whirlwind for the Dodger organization,” team
partner Magic Johnson said. ”We’re in it to win it. We don’t want
to wait till next year. We want to win right now.”
”Hanley Ramirez has really improved our lineup, and now Shane –
man, you need somebody with that type of speed. He’s gutty, he’s
gritty, he’s tough-minded, and I think he’s going to help the
locker room as well as on the field. And he’s a guy who’s done it.
So we’re excited about having him,” he said.
Lindblom was 2-2 with a 3.02 ERA in 48 relief appearances for
Los Angeles. The 25-year-old righty has a 2.91 ERA in 75 career
games. He’ll bolster a bullpen that’s struggled mightily this
Martin, a 23-year-old righty, was the Dodgers’ first round
selection with the 15th pick in the 2008 amateur draft. He’s 8-6
with a 3.58 ERA in 20 starts this season with Double-A
Victorino returns to the team that selected in the sixth round
of the 1999 amateur draft. He was a winter league draft selection
by the Phillies in 2004 from the San Diego Padres.
The switch-hitting Victorino batted .279 with 181 doubles, 63
triples, 88 home runs, 390 RBIs and 179 stolen bases in eight years
with the Phillies. In 46 postseason games, Victorino hit .269 with
six homers and 30 RBIs.
Victorino is making $9.5 million this season, and the Phillies
weren’t going to give him the long-term deal he’ll seek in free
agency. Under baseball’s new labor contract, the Dodgers will not
receive a draft selection as compensation if Victorino signs
elsewhere during the offseason.
Victorino, nicknamed the Flyin’ Hawaiian, was one of the most
popular players on the Phillies in recent history. He was beloved
by fans and was very active in various charities.
”Wishing my Lil Hawaiian brother all the best & continued
success. Although he is no longer rockin’ the P he has definitely
left his mark!” shortstop Jimmy Rollins wrote on Twitter.
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