Victorino: Let’s Make A (Five-Year) Deal
In a nutshell, he wants a five-year deal, but is open to a reasonable hometown discount. But what’s interesting about his situation — and he knows it — is that as the Phillies creep closer and closer to the$178 million luxury tax threshold they have some tough decisions to make. For instance: Can they afford Cole Hamels, Hunter Pence (who becomes a free agent after 2013) and Victorino? Chase Utley and Carlos Ruiz (assuming the Phillies pick up Ruiz’s ’13 club option) become free agents following the 2013 season, too. The Phillies already have a ton of money on the books for Roy Halladay, Cliff Lee, Ryan Howard, Jonathan Papelbon and Jimmy Rollins.
At some point somebody might get cut out.
Could that be Victorino? He hopes not. He made it clear he wants to stay, and that’s why he’s hoping to make something happen now.
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