Dodgers Acquire Shane Victorino

Shane Victorino is returning to the organization that drafted him in 1999.  The Dodgers acquired Victorino from the Phillies today for starting pitching prospect Ethan Martin and reliever Josh Lindblom, according to Yahoo's Tim Brown (Twitter link).  The deal has been officially announced by both teams, and the Phillies also received a player to be named later or cash considerations.  It's been another active summer for Dodgers GM Ned Colletti, who also acquired Hanley Ramirez, Randy Choate, and Brandon League this month.

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Victorino, 31, has $3.3MM remaining on his contract and will be eligible for free agency after the season.  The center fielder has a .261/.324/.401 line in 431 plate appearances for the Phillies this year.  It seems likely he'll play left field for the Dodgers, despite less than 200 career innings at that position.  For the Phillies, Domonic Brown will come up to play left field with John Mayberry Jr. becoming the regular center fielder.  

The Flyin' Hawaiian was drafted by the Dodgers in the sixth round in 1999.  Former Dodgers GMs Dan Evans and Paul DePodesta let him go twice in the Rule 5 draft, claiming him back from the Padres the first time in '03 but not from the Phillies in '05.  Victorino went on to become a star for the Phils, snagging three Gold Gloves, two All-Star appearances, and even some MVP votes in his time with the club.  With the team's surprising last place performance this season, Victorino was dealt to a contender a few months prior to free agency.  The Reds, Orioles, and Giants had also reportedly been in the mix.  The Dodgers announced they've designated lefty Michael Antonini to open a 40-man roster spot for Victorino.

Martin, the Dodgers' first-round draft pick from 2008, owns a 3.58 ERA, 8.5 K/9, 4.7 BB/9, and 0.38 HR/9 in 118 Double-A innings this year.  Drafted as a raw high schooler, Baseball America ranked Martin 17th on their Dodgers prospect list prior to the season.  They wrote that Martin "maintains the ceiling of a No. 2 starter but has a long way to go."

Lindblom, 25, has a 3.02 ERA, 8.1 K/9, 3.4 BB/9, 1.70 HR/9, and 38% groundball rate in 47 2/3 relief innings this year, so he's had some issues with the longball.  He doesn't have much big league service time, and is technically under team control through 2017.  Drafted in the second round in '08, Lindblom was once considered one of the team's top prospects.  Lindblom was made more expendable by the Dodgers' acquisition of League from the Mariners last night.

Photo courtesy of US Presswire/Robert Mayer.  Jon Heyman first reported a deal was very likely.


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123 Comments on "Dodgers Acquire Shane Victorino"


2 years 11 months ago

Seems like an overpay! -.- But a good player. Solidifies left field.

bigpat
2 years 11 months ago

Pretty solid move for the Phillies considering Victorino was a strict rental.

2 years 11 months ago

Vic is only 31, and was in the top10 for NL MVP last year. Some say his bat speed is down, but he may just be out of shape and having an off year. Some have also said that he had a nagging hand injury. But he’s worth a shot for a team looking to get into the playoffs. Phillies have no CF now, and maybe the worst OF in baseball.

Tommy Ngo
2 years 11 months ago

Goodness gracious Dodgers

WrigleyTerror37
2 years 11 months ago

Dodgers, Get the Demp Deal Done!

redlake
2 years 11 months ago

Dempster and Soriano to play first.

BlueSkyLA
BlueSkyLA
2 years 11 months ago

That would be strange platoon, but okay.

Dodgersarelife
2 years 11 months ago

Martin Can’t throw strikes, two relievers essentially for Victorino.

notsureifsrs
2 years 11 months ago

took all of six minutes for the dodgers fans to turn on the prospects traded away. gotta love it

Dodgersarelife
2 years 11 months ago

I have never liked martin, I’m just glad it wasn’t our castellanos.

East Coast Bias
2 years 11 months ago

That’s always the case.

BringBackBogar
2 years 11 months ago

Lindblom and Martin? I’d say the Dodgers and their fans forgot them long before this trade.

IdontknowwhyIpostonforums
2 years 11 months ago

I for one am sad to see Martin included. He may not have lived up to the hype, but he is still young.

2 years 11 months ago

overpay easy, good for the Phillies.

Travis Ducsay
2 years 11 months ago

As a Dodger fan, this feels weird. I was there when he took the life out of the stadium in the 08′ playoffs. It will be an upgrade for sure but it will be hard to not call him The Cryin’ Hawaiian.

gofightns
2 years 11 months ago

Haha…I’m sure you’ll get over it. You might even get to view his attitude differently. He’s tenacious. Enjoy, best of luck this year.

Travis Ducsay
2 years 11 months ago

Definitely. He’s certainly hard nosed and I respect that. Thanks man, I appreciate it. It’s weird being on this side of the fence for once and not having a fire sale every deadline.

nepp
2 years 11 months ago

Nice trade for Philly…depending on how much salary they’re picking up.

ThinkBlue10
2 years 11 months ago

Overpay….

2 years 11 months ago

Nevermind martin numbers arent that great, he just has potential.

Dodgersarelife
2 years 11 months ago

I don’t think this is an overpay. League will be better than Lindbloom was, or one can hope. Anyway, Martin in my eyes and many others is a complete utter bust.

thegrayrace
2 years 11 months ago

League will not be better than Lindblom. Lindblom is already the superior pitcher and has far more upside.

Dodgersarelife
2 years 11 months ago

League has been better in the past. Hoping pitches closer to his peripherals.

iTarget Designs
2 years 11 months ago

File Bankruptcy->Erase Debt->Sell Team->Spend Wildly->Reach Post Season->Reach WS->???.

See: Rangers, Dodgers

Blue387
2 years 11 months ago

Hopefully the Mets are next.

2 years 11 months ago

when did the dodgers reach the post season?

randyfastman
2 years 11 months ago

I think he means that is the next step, as right now they are spending wildly

NYBravosFan10
2 years 11 months ago

Gonna be weird to see Victorino torturing the Braves only 2 times a year rather than 6

bravesfansince1990
2 years 11 months ago

Weird? Did you mean to spell awesome!!! I know you are being sarcastic but as a Braves fan this is exciting.

NYBravosFan10
2 years 11 months ago

oh absolutely awesome but I misspoke anyway. I forgot that Vic is a free agent after this year and that we don’t play the Dodgers again in 2012. So I guess I mean that we don’t have to deal with him at all unless it’s the playoffs…but playoffs? Don’t talk about playoffs 😉

gregdiehardbravesfan
2 years 11 months ago

what u said…..im glad hes gone….

DerekJeterDan
2 years 11 months ago

Giving Ehier an Extension…
Getting Kemp back from injury…
Acquiring Hanley and Choate..
Trading for League…
Bringing in Victorino…
I’m jealous. Nice deadline for the Dodgers.

2 years 11 months ago

still more to come, has to be, need a real number 2 pitcher.

East Coast Bias
2 years 11 months ago

Dempster probably on the way. It’s good for baseball when other large market teams start to straighten out their act. Mets and Cubs are making smart moves for the future, and obviously Dodgers are looking good with a talented young core.

doyers
2 years 11 months ago

and then they are going to get the Dempster deal done

LazerTown
2 years 11 months ago

Very good deadline for the Dodgers. What I like about it is besides the Hanley trade they really didn’t have to give up much. 25 YO reliever is something, but it isn’t the end of the world. And guy that was drafted in 2008 and has a ways to go, rule 5 eligible in 1-2 years.

gkstkddn93
2 years 11 months ago

farewell, farewell. you’ll always be remembered.

Gumby65
2 years 11 months ago

Dodgers have been involved in EVERY Victorino transaction. Interesting.

BlueSkyLA
BlueSkyLA
2 years 11 months ago

Nice observation. So that means the Dodgers have to sign him this winter?

Karkat
2 years 11 months ago

New ownership really looking to make a statement this year. Between Hanley and Victorino they’ve really shored up their lineup for a possible postseason run without giving up too too much.

iheartyourfart
2 years 11 months ago

the core of ethier, hanley, victorino and lily would have been dominant in 2009…

Jon Rogers
2 years 11 months ago

Well Rube got his young setup man. I don’t really know anything about this Ethan Martin kid but I assume he’s just a throw in? Hopefully Lindblom blossoms into a dominate setup guy for Papelbon. Although I hear he gives up a lot of homers he’s still young.

Now lets see rube trade Blanton, Pence and Cliff Lee and get us a young 3B, 2B, OF and a number three starter.

nm344
2 years 11 months ago

I don’t think he’s a setup guy at this point. I think the Phillies will bring in someone else with more experience for that role. If not, other candidates include Bastardo and DeFratus.

Phillies_Aces35
2 years 11 months ago

He’s their #7 prospect according to MLB’s website (don’t want to link it since my post will get flagged).

He’s a raw high school arm with solid numbers. At first glance, he kind of reminds me of May.

2 years 11 months ago

I thought the same exact thing.

Phillies_Aces35
2 years 11 months ago

I mean, at the least with him, we might have a guy who profiles as a back end of the bullpen kind of guy if he can’t figure his command out to be a starter given his plus stuff.

A decent return for a pure rental player. Cheap Middle Reliever and high upside pitcher.

Dave Traverso
2 years 11 months ago

Yeah I see the same projection, although I hate guys out of the pen who don’t throw strikes … J.C. Romero rings a bell

2 years 11 months ago

Sweet, I can actually cheer for him now. I always liked the guy but well… I’m a Nats fan.

2 years 11 months ago

Some of you homies just have to let things go….08 playoffs are in the past, this is business, he is for sure an upgrade to what was being put out day in and day out in left field. definitely makes the blue krew more dangerous. Need to get a pitcher and we good for the season, Dodgers will become a deep squad.

airborne
2 years 11 months ago

Love it as a Phillies fan. Lindblom has always had swing and miss stuff and it seems like he’s put it together in the last year or two. Same with Martin actually.

Victorino was great here and will always own CC. Best of luck to him.

East Coast Bias
2 years 11 months ago

CC got his revenge in 2009 with the Yanks.

2 years 11 months ago

Lindblom is a fly ball pitcher, and may not be a good fit in the Phillies band box. He gave up lots of long balls this season.