Shane Victorino Seeking Five-Year Contract

SATURDAY, 3:05pm: Victorino seemingly softened his stance when addressing reporters today, writes Matt Gelb of the Philadelphia Inquirer.  The 31-year-old would still like a five-year deal, but says that staying in Philadelphia is his top priority.

"I'm not saying this will be my last one. It might be.  Who knows?  What I'm saying is, why not finish it here?  I made it seem like I want a five-year deal, but I'd love to stay," the centerfielder said.

Victorino added that his agents, Sam and Seth Levinson, have yet to formally engage in contract negotiations with the club.

THURSDAY, 4:51pm: While Cole Hamels garners most of the attention as the Phillies' top free agent after the season, the team is also faced with the impending free agency of center fielder Shane Victorino. Victorino told MLB.com's Todd Zolecki that he's looking for a five-year contract, but is willing to take a reasonable hometown discount to remain in Philadelphia.

"I look at it this way," Victorino said. "If it's a significant difference, I have to weigh my options more than anything. I obviously love to play in Philly. They gave me my opportunity. … But I also understand there's a window in this game … When I say I don't want to go anywhere, yeah, I call this home. I want to finish my career here. I won't say I won't take a hometown discount, but I also will say I want to maximize my opportunity with not only what I've accomplished as an individual, but as part of a team."

Victorino said he expects the two sides to discuss an extension during Spring Training, and he would allow talks to carry into the regular season even though that's not his preference. He's represented by Sam and Seth Levinson.

A .279/.355/.491 hitter in 2011, the 31-year-old Victorino is currently in the final season of the three-year, $22MM deal he signed in January 2010. Outfielders Torii Hunter ($90MM), J.D. Drew ($70MM), and Aaron Rowand ($60MM) all signed five-year contracts as free agents in recent years, and chances are The Flyin' Hawaiian's camp will use those deals as reference points during negotiations.


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73 Comments on "Shane Victorino Seeking Five-Year Contract"


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EdinsonPickle
3 years 4 months ago

The Flyin’ Hawaiian is a cool dude. I hope the Phils lock him up.

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3 years 4 months ago

if that happens, in a few years the phillies will have the market consisting old people cornered

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Phillibuster
3 years 4 months ago

We’ll be hard-pressed to overtake the Yankees for that title.

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JacobyWanKenobi
3 years 4 months ago

 Philly is the oldest team in the game, followed by Arizona, then New York, and LAD.

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SixAces
3 years 4 months ago

 Exactly.

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ObamaDinoKiller
3 years 4 months ago

please reuben, give him a fair deal. love his speed but he needs to steal more, davey lopes or no davey lopes

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Sajju Shah
3 years 4 months ago

As a Dodger fan, I must say, thank you for giving us Davey Lopes back. He helped turn Matt Kemp’s career around. Other than that, I hope to forget the 2008 and 2009 NLCS as soon as possible. 

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nm344
3 years 4 months ago

Deep into the night!  Broxton still remembers…

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3 years 4 months ago

and how many of those 5 year contracts panned out?  NONE!!!

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3 years 4 months ago

Tori Hunter’s wasn’t bad…

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3 years 4 months ago

torii hunter worked out just fine for the Angels…

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NomarGarciaparra
3 years 4 months ago

 I wouldn’t say so really…if people say JD Drew was a bust, then Hunter definitely isn’t much better. IMO though, Drew was not a bust. He did not perform as well as expected, but he’s also overlooked. Look at his 08 and 09 seasons…he put up solid numbers (exception being not enough games). Even in 07, disappointing numbers, but nevertheless, strong OBP. If you compare Drew’s 5 years in Boston vs Hunter’s 4 years in Anaheim (thus far), Drew has a better OPS.

Don’t misunderstandd…I’m not saying Drew is better. Just saying that if Drew is widely considered a bust, then Hunter is definitely no better than poorly mediocre at best.

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johnsilver
3 years 4 months ago

Nothing really committal in that story 1 way or the other, but if he is wanting something in between Rowand and Hunter? (5/75m) Reuben had better let him wave bye bye and kick himself royally for signing Rollins as everyone in the game is already laughing at him for doing so.

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nm344
3 years 4 months ago

Rollins was a great signing.  /Says anyone with a brain.

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johnsilver
3 years 4 months ago

Remember that the closer it gets to Hamels and Victorino leaving, plus that cap getting closer and closer..

11m AAV for pretty much a glove now over 4 seasons (easy option year) is almost as bad as Jeter’s deal.

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nm344
3 years 4 months ago

The cap is already breached.  They’ll go over further if need be.

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nm344
3 years 4 months ago

How does a ‘glove only’ player get 3.0 oWAR last season?

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skoods
3 years 4 months ago

What? Victorino had an .846 OPS last year and was 2nd among all CF’s in WAR. 

You sir, are as good at telling the truth as Mitt Romney

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Phillies_Aces35
3 years 4 months ago

He was talking about Rollins.

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1980CHAMPS
3 years 4 months ago

If Mayberry and Brown show they are long-term options this season, Victorino is as good as gone.