The Philadelphia Phillies have been openly shopping outfielder Shane Victorino, a soon-to-be free agent. It looked like the team had found a suitor in the Cincinnati Reds, until the Reds rejected the trade.
The trade would have been Victorino for Reds right-handed relief pitcher Logan Ondrusek straight up, a deal that would have been good for both teams. The Reds would have gotten an outfielder that would help them down the stretch as they try to win the NL Central, and the Phillies would get a quality relief pitcher that they could add to their bullpen.
Victorino has been struggling all season, as he is at just .253/.318/.388 with eight home runs and 22 stolen bases, but he has enough power, speed, and defensive ability that he can be an asset to any major league team. He is a free agent after the season, which means any team that trades for him would likely get just a rental for two months or so unless they choose to sign him to a long-term deal.
Ondrusek has been an underrated relief pitcher during his major league career, and he has a 13-7 career record to go with a 3.27 ERA in 156.2 innings pitched. He is 3-2 with a 2.70 ERA this season, and while he doesn’t strike out a lot of hitters and he walks a little too many (3.9 career walk rate per nine innings), Ondrusek would instantly become the best relief pitcher on the Phillies not named Jonathan Papelbon.
It’s surprising that the Reds wouldn’t even part with Ondrusek for Victorino, and it may say that the Phillies won’t get much at all with Victorino if and when they do trade him.