Speculation has been rampant for quite some time about the interest of the Los Angeles Dodgers in the Philadelphia Phillies outfielder Shane Victorino. With the trade deadline mere hours away, those talks have apparently begun to intensify to the point that the Phillies have cooled off talks with the San Francisco Giants and Cincinnati Reds in order to focus on getting a deal done with the Dodgers. Los Angeles has had interest in Victorino for some time, considering they are the team that drafted him in the sixth round of the 1999 MLB draft.
Things have been setting up nicely to allow both teams to get a deal done by 4pm today. The Dodgers recently acquired Brandon League, which would allow them to potentially send a relief pitcher to Philadelphia. The Dodgers recent acquisition of Hanley Ramirez has already improved their offense, but it is widely believed that they are looking to add another offensive weapon to their outfield.
The one hurdle to this deal getting consummated could be the price the Phillies are asking for Victorino, which was said to be “outrageous”. However, it appears as if Philadelphia may have softened its stance as of late, asking for right handed pitcher Josh Lindblom and a second player in exchange for the “Flyin Hawaiian”. This offer has apparently more palatable to the Dodgers, and a deal is said to be “close”.
What exactly “close” means, however, is anybody’s guess. The two sides could be finalizing a deal as we speak, or they could still be haggling over the second player in the deal. One thing is for sure, though, and that is Philadelphia’s phone lines are likely to be burning up for the better part of the day today as they look to get themselves back in contention in the National League.
Victorino is hitting .261 with 17 doubles, 5 triples, 9 homeruns and 40 RBI in his 101 appearances so far in 2012. He has also struck out 49 times and walked 35 times and has 24 steals in 28 attempts.
UPDATE: The Phillies and the Dodgers have agreed to terms on the trade: Shane Victorino will go to Los Angeles in exchange for right handed reliever Josh Lindblom and minor league RHP Ethan Martin.