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Phillies send Shane Victorino to Dodgers for pair of pitchers

Jul 31, 2012, 12:10 PM EDT

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For the past week rumors have been swirling about the Phillies offering up Shane Victorino for bullpen help. They were reportedly turned down by the Reds for Logan Ondrusek, but today they found a taker and sent Victorino to the Dodgers for reliever Josh Lindblom, pitching prospect Ethan Martin, and a player to be named later or cash.

Victorino will play left field for the Dodgers, who’ll stick with Matt Kemp in center field and Andre Ethier in right field. He also figures to slide into the leadoff spot, which has been a major weakness for the Dodgers all season. Victorino isn’t an ideal leadoff man because of his mediocre .324 on-base percentage this season and .336 OBP during the past three years, but compared to Dee Gordon or Tony Gwynn Jr. he’s an on-base machine.

Dodgers left fielders have hit just .259 with four homers and a .677 OPS in 104 games, so making a move to upgrade the position is smart. However, at this point it’s not clear how much of an upgrade Victorino provides, as he’s hit just .261 with nine homers and a .724 OPS in 101 games. He’ll be better–offensively and defensively–but the upgrade over, say, a Bobby Abreu-Jerry Hairston platoon is unlikely to be as significant as Victorino’s name recognition suggests.

Lindblom is a 25-year-old right-hander with a 2.91 ERA in 75 appearances since debuting for the Dodgers last season and his 71/28 K/BB ratio in 77 innings is strong as well. He may prove stretched as a late-inning option, but Lindblom has solid raw stuff and should be effective in a secondary setup man role. And just as importantly for the Phillies as they try to rebuild the bullpen, Lindblom is under team control through 2017.

Martin is a 2008 first-round pick with a career ERA near 5.00 in the minors, but he’s turned things around a bit at Double-A this season with a 3.58 ERA and 112/61 K/BB ratio in 118 innings. He’s far from a top prospect, but is still just 22 years old and has a shot to be valuable if his control improves at some point.

To replace Victorino the Phillies have called up one-time top prospect Domonic Brown from Triple-A, where he’s spent most of the past three seasons because the team has consistently been hesitant to give him an extended opportunity. He’ll get that chance now and Brown is still just 24 years old, but he hasn’t been particularly productive this season while hitting .286 with five homers and a .767 OPS in 60 games at Triple-A.

Victorino is a 31-year-old impending free agent whose production has fallen off substantially this season and the Phillies obviously aren’t contenders, so Philadelphia did well to get a useful young reliever and a decent prospect. Lindblom’s upside probably isn’t high enough for him to truly come back to haunt the Dodgers and Martin remains a question mark, but to give them up for a two-month rental who hasn’t played very well is hardly a no-brainer move. Of course, if the Victorino from 2008-2011 shows up the Dodgers just got one of the best outfielders in the league on the cheap.

UPDATE: And the Phillies didn’t stop with Victorino, trading Hunter Pence to the Giants.

  1. forthand26 - Jul 31, 2012 at 12:14 PM

    Would have liked to have got Kemp or Kershaw, but I guess we’ll have to settle for these two scrubs.

    • number42is1 - Jul 31, 2012 at 12:16 PM

      not only do you guys spend like the Yanks but now you even sound like them when it comes to trading shit and expecting to get gold in return

      • stlouis1baseball - Jul 31, 2012 at 1:03 PM

        Considering yesterday he was wanting to trade Juan Pierre and Shane Victorina to the Reds
        for George Costanza and Jay Bruce…I am going to consider his post a bad joke.

      • cleverbob - Jul 31, 2012 at 1:15 PM

        I cannot give your comment enough thumbs down. Sarcasm much?

      • xmatt0926x - Jul 31, 2012 at 1:33 PM

        Wow. Does anyone understand sarcasm anymore? HE WAS JOKING!!!

      • number42is1 - Jul 31, 2012 at 1:38 PM

        keep that in mind the next time a Yankees fan mentions the words “king” and “Felix” in the same sentence.

    • madhatternalice - Jul 31, 2012 at 12:17 PM

      This is a ridiculously stupid comment, even coming from a Phillies fan. Were you trying to be funny?

      • proudlycanadian - Jul 31, 2012 at 12:27 PM

        Of course he was being funny.

      • napoleonblownapart6887 - Jul 31, 2012 at 12:44 PM

        Earlier I heard two really loud “woosh” sounds and I thought a fighter jet and flown overhead… turns out its just these two guys watching a joke go flying over their heads…

    • - Jul 31, 2012 at 12:21 PM

      This right here is “Sports Radio Caller Guy” in every city every where.

      Thanks, and I’ll just listen off the air.

      • b7p19 - Jul 31, 2012 at 12:26 PM

        I don’t know, I laughed when I read it. I took it as sarcasm.

      • Old Gator - Jul 31, 2012 at 12:30 PM

        Well, he didn’t capitalize the first word of his sentence – most Spowrts Tawrk Raydeeo Kawller Gize don’t – but other than that, he only missed one comma. I’d put him in the top fiftieth percentile of STRKGs.

    • cur68 - Jul 31, 2012 at 12:54 PM

      Sarcasm/Irony Font Now, please.

    • jon623 - Jul 31, 2012 at 2:46 PM

      There is no way on Earth that the Phillies would get either one of those two for Shayne Victorino. Now, Victorino two years ago for Kershaw two years ago… that MIGHT have worked. The Flyin’ Hawaiian was at his peak and Kershaw was just starting to establish a name for himself. But there is no way the Dodgers would be parting with Kershaw, especially when they have a solid team around him and a chance at a playoff run. Throw Dempster into the mix in LA, and they are making a move for this year.

  2. meadowlark89 - Jul 31, 2012 at 12:16 PM

    this can lead to span getting traded

    • Curt Anderson - Jul 31, 2012 at 12:37 PM

      how so?

      • jon623 - Jul 31, 2012 at 2:46 PM

        Because everything can lead to Span getting traded. Duh.

  3. babych99 - Jul 31, 2012 at 12:16 PM

    Good move for the Phils, see ya later Shane.

  4. 12strikes - Jul 31, 2012 at 12:17 PM

    Good Bye Shane. You will hold a special place in the heart of the people of Philly.

  5. theawesomersfranchise - Jul 31, 2012 at 12:18 PM

    Isn’t an ideal lead off man with a .325 OBP?
    Aaron perhaps you need to talk to Pouliot because apparently a .301 OBP qualifies as lead off material

    • Alex K - Jul 31, 2012 at 12:29 PM

      But does he score runs while he’s leading off?

      • theawesomersfranchise - Jul 31, 2012 at 12:33 PM

        Oh he does, it’s a skill he has individually honed for himself in-between swinging for the fences and setting team K records.

      • Alex K - Jul 31, 2012 at 12:44 PM

        That settles it! Best lead off hitter ever!

  6. mdpickles - Jul 31, 2012 at 12:22 PM

    Aloha and Mahalo, Shane!

  7. hagerhayden - Jul 31, 2012 at 12:27 PM

    They have also just sent Hunter Pence to the Giants.

    • proudlycanadian - Jul 31, 2012 at 12:28 PM

      So who gets Mr. Lee?

      • Utley's Hair - Jul 31, 2012 at 12:44 PM

        Mrs. Lee.

  8. b7p19 - Jul 31, 2012 at 12:27 PM

    Did you guys know Shane is from Hawaii?

    • proudlycanadian - Jul 31, 2012 at 12:29 PM

      Yes. So is League.

  9. woods2206 - Jul 31, 2012 at 12:28 PM

    I would have taken a bucket of balls for Victorino at this point.

    • Utley's Hair - Jul 31, 2012 at 12:45 PM

      Then you would be an idiot.

  10. nadsiantheory - Jul 31, 2012 at 12:31 PM

    Go Bruins!!

    • jon623 - Jul 31, 2012 at 2:47 PM


  11. greymares - Jul 31, 2012 at 12:45 PM

    I have no idea how this works out player wise but at least i don’t have to listen to another god awful Victorino interview.

    • cur68 - Jul 31, 2012 at 12:58 PM

      Hey! I liked Shane’s interviews. He was awesome. Ask him one question and he’d chatter for 20 minutes. He should never commit a crime ’cause he’d blab non-stop about it.

      I look forward to his West Coast Interviews and hope he acquires a California Surfer Dude drawl to go with his jibber jabber approach to question answering.

      Good luck in LA, Shane.

    • cleverbob - Jul 31, 2012 at 1:14 PM

      You know, his interviews, you know, weren’t so bad you know. At least you know he’s willing to, you know, provide a decent, you know, sound bite.

      He deserves, and will receive, a standing ovation whenever he comes back to town. You know.

  12. Francisco (FC) - Jul 31, 2012 at 12:53 PM

    And so ends an Era. Ok Rube, time to blow up the rest of the pieces, show us you can make a silk purse out of a sow’s ear.

  13. frenchysplatediscipline - Jul 31, 2012 at 12:57 PM

    No offense to Phillies fans here, but MAN am I glad to see this guy leave the division. Even in down years, he has been a thorn in the Braves side…

  14. sabathiawouldbegoodattheeighthtoo - Jul 31, 2012 at 1:02 PM

    You will be receiving a fine from MLB for failing to use the word “Hawaiian” anywhere in this post. It is required whenever mentioning Victorino.

    • skerney - Jul 31, 2012 at 7:00 PM

      Agreed. Just like NFL sportscasters are required to use the word Football in every other sentence, and refer to the NFL as TheNarionalFootballLeague.

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