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Victorino says his contract status is on his mind

Jun 7, 2012, 8:23 AM EDT

Shane Victorino

I bet every single player who is approaching free agency thinks about it. They usually say it doesn’t enter their mind, but it has to, right?  Shane Victorino is one of the rare ones who admits that the pressures of impending free agency do weigh on his mind:

“I can’t say they’re not. … I also can’t say they are,” Victorino said. “Is there a little something in the back of my mind, yeah. You want to have your best year.”

He also says that he’d love to stay in Philly and would like to start talks now if possible.  That’s not likely to happen — you figure the Phillies will wait and deal with Cole Hamels first — but if Ruben Amaro does see Victorino as someone he wants to keep around long term, it wouldn’t be the worst time to make an offer, would it?  Victorino is off to a slow start and could probably be had a bit cheaper now than he might if he turns things around in the second half.

  1. liamj55 - Jun 7, 2012 at 8:33 AM

    He will be (back) in Dodger blue. There is no room for Mr. Victorino on this payroll. RAJ needs to trade him for what he can get. It is not a coincidence that Dominic Brown started playing CF in the minors.

  2. dodger88 - Jun 7, 2012 at 8:44 AM

    Unfortunately for Victarino, he is on the wrong side of 30 to be hitting free agency. Although he may prove to age well, he likely has to settle for a 3 year deal whether that is with Philly, the Dodgers or someone else. I would be happy if he ended up in Dodger Blue along side Kemp and Ethier but I fear Coletti would re-up Abreu if given the chance.

  3. hisgirlgotburrelled - Jun 7, 2012 at 9:20 AM

    He needs to worry more about trying to hit right-handed pitchers, or just give up switch hitting. He’s hitting just .224/.295/.316 vs. RHP in 195 PA’s this year as opposed to .333/.396/.750 vs. LHP in 53 PA’s.

    Before the season I felt that Victorino was important to keep for the future because their other options stink (unless you want Josh Hamilton in 2013??). Mayberry can’t hit righties and Dom Brown is in the minors because he can’t track fly balls. Brown’s recent move to center was to make it easier on him to read fly balls. Not sure I’d take the move as a hint to the future of him being the Phillies CF, but rather getting rid of the circus he orchestrates in RF or LF.

    For some reason (Kuo threw at his head) Victorino gets booed in LA every at bat. Why would he want to go there?… He has an above-average arm; would LA move Kemp or Ethier to left?

  4. Utley's Hair - Jun 7, 2012 at 11:00 AM

    NinJr., get it done. He is the top active CF, and second among outfielders. He’s a speedster and a switch hitter. Besides, you just know that he’d tear it up and become a Phillie killer anywhere else he’d go.

    • Chris Fiorentino - Jun 7, 2012 at 12:19 PM

      UH, do you think that RAJ puts truth serum in the post-game beverages? I mean, can’t one of these dumb-asses keep their freaking mouth shut? First, it’s stupid Hamels. Now we have Shane. Maybe it is in the back of your mind, but you don’t have to tell the media about it. Because now it’s a story and it’s on HBT and everywhere else.

      Maybe RAJ needs to put some Krazy Glue in the post-game beverages or something to get these guys to STFU!!!

      • Utley's Hair - Jun 7, 2012 at 12:42 PM

        Actually, I find it a bit refreshing not hearing the same crap being thrown around. The player know it’s not true. The interviewer knows it’s not true. The readers know it’s not true. Why not just come clean and admit it? Meh…I know I’m in the minority on this, but I still find it a bit refreshing.

        Now, about the monorail between the Bank and whatever the hell hospital they go to….

  5. biasedhomer - Jun 7, 2012 at 11:03 AM

    He should not be resigned. It is time for the Phillies to get younger, resigning guys like Victorino will not help, just like resigning Rollins was a mistake.

  6. myedayok - Jun 7, 2012 at 12:48 PM

    If he was smart he’d act a little more responsible and worry about what he’s doing at the plate and on the field. Production in the last year of a contract speaks volumes toward your next contract, whether it be through re-signing or free agency. His last year will dictate his future.

  7. schmedley69 - Jun 7, 2012 at 9:22 PM

    Love Shane, but it’s probably time for him to go. He has a lot of talent, but he’s too much of a bonehead to get the most out of it. The guy constantly gets himself out by swinging at bad pitches. Hunter Pence is the same way. This lineup needs an overhaul.

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