With talks of Cole Hamels being traded taking the forefront of discussion this month, the likelihood that another Phillie gets shopped is starting to formulate.
According to a report by FOX’s Jon Morosi, that Phillie is Shane Victorino. This isn’t really news, especially with Victorino’s contract situation and his performance this year.
But Morosi feels that a change of scenery would be good for the 31-year-old centerfielder, who is hitting a career-worst .244.
In a story about some of the top trade candidates on teams listed to be sellers, Morosi writes about Victorino:
Something that should grab your attention: A high-ranking executive with one club predicted that Victorino will be the first of the big-name players to move. But he’s having the poorest of his eight seasons in Philadelphia, with a .179 batting average over his past 10 games.
The Dodgers are known to have interest in Victorino, who would supply the offense they’ve lacked in left field while perhaps becoming the leadoff man. Other teams that have scouted Victorino recently include the Rangers, Tigers, Pirates, Marlins and Giants.
Victorino, 31, is in the final year of his contract. If he’s moved, the acquiring club will hope he’s revived by the opportunity to win again.
Victorino’s career in Philadelphia is most likely done after this season. With that pretty much a fact, the Phillies would probably look to either get a B-type prospect or a solid relief pitcher for Victorino.