Skip to content

Phillies send Shane Victorino to Dodgers for pair of pitchers

Jul 31, 2012, 12:10 PM EDT

Philadelphia Phillies v St. Louis Cardinals Getty Images

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.

Latest Posts
  1. Title or no title, Dave Dombrowski’s tenure in Detroit was a success

    Aug 4, 2015, 5:20 PM EDT

    Dave Dombrowski

    After arriving in 2002, Dombrowski rebuilt an organization that was an utter dumpster fire.

  2. Rangers demote center fielder Leonys Martin to Triple-A

    Aug 4, 2015, 5:01 PM EDT

    Leonys Martin AP AP

    Martin heads back to the minors as a 27-year-old with nearly 1,500 plate appearances as a big leaguer.

  3. Braves lose Freddie Freeman to another injury

    Aug 4, 2015, 2:46 PM EDT

    Freddie Freeman AP

    In between the DL stints Freeman played just 10 games.

  4. Believe the hype: Carlos Correa is already a superstar

    Aug 4, 2015, 12:27 PM EDT

    150804-Carlos-Correa Getty Images

    Incredible numbers for a 20-year-old shortstop.

  5. The Tigers may be calling up Matt Boyd

    Aug 4, 2015, 10:30 AM EDT

    Matt Boyd Getty Images

    He’s pitcher number two they received in the David Price deal.

  6. An English soccer club effectively bars media. Get used to this, U.S. sports fans.

    Aug 4, 2015, 9:48 AM EDT

    press hat

    Not having access to athletes and coaches would be a bummer at first, but over time the press would do just fine with it.

  7. Video: Mike Hessman’s record-breaking homer

    Aug 4, 2015, 8:44 AM EDT

    Mike Hessman

    Congratulations to Mike Hessman. The greatest minor league lifer of them all.

  8. And That Happened: Monday’s scores and highlights

    Aug 4, 2015, 7:22 AM EDT

    Screen Shot 2015-08-04 at 7.21.25 AM AP

    A few weeks ago I had no idea what an Adonis Garcia even was.

  9. Adrian Beltre needs just five innings for the third cycle of his career

    Aug 3, 2015, 11:01 PM EDT

    San Francisco at Texas San Francisco at Texas

    Rangers third baseman Adrian Beltre hit for the cycle tonight against the Astros. And he needed just five innings to do it.

  10. Mets blow out Marlins, move past Nationals for first place in NL East

    Aug 3, 2015, 10:25 PM EDT

    Yoenis Cespedes, J.T. Realmuto Yoenis Cespedes, J.T. Realmuto

    It’s August 3 and the Mets are all alone in first place in the National League East.

  11. Mike Hessman sets all-time minor league home run record

    Aug 3, 2015, 10:03 PM EDT

    Mike Hessman AP

    Mike Hessman is the new minor league home run king.

  12. Stephen Strasburg strikes out 11 batters in latest rehab start

    Aug 3, 2015, 9:36 PM EDT

    Stephen Strasburg AP

    Nationals right-hander Stephen Strasburg has been sidelined since July 4 with a left oblique strain, but it sounds like he’s rounding into form for the stretch run.

Top 10 MLB Player Searches
  1. C. Gomez (5626)
  2. Y. Cespedes (4907)
  3. C. Hamels (4343)
  4. D. Price (3890)
  5. B. Revere (3565)
  1. G. Parra (3452)
  2. H. Olivera (3369)
  3. T. Tulowitzki (3295)
  4. M. Latos (3233)
  5. J. Soria (3224)