Victorino to LA; Pence to SF Next?

Shane Victorino provided some of the greatest and most memorable moments for the Phillies in recent memory.

He played his last game for them Sunday in Atlanta.

Sources confirmed the Phillies and Dodgers have finalized a trade Tuesday that will send Victorino to Los Angeles for right-handed relief pitcher Josh Lindblom and Double-A right-handed relief pitcher Ethan Martin.

Triple-A Lehigh Valley outfielder Domonic Brown is on his way to Nationals Park, where the Phillies open a three-game series Tuesday against the Nationals. It remains to be seen where Brown will play because the Phillies still could trade rightfielder Hunter Pence before Tuesday’s 4 p.m. Trade Deadline. The Giants have been pursuing him aggressively, and a deal is in the works.

The Phillies are looking to overhaul their roster after a remarkably disappointing season. Moving Victorino, who will become a free agent after the season, to the Dodgers allowed them to bolster their bullpen, which has been a weakness.

Victorino had been looking for a five-year contract once he hit the open market. The Phillies were not going to sign him to a multiyear extension, so it made sense to move him rather than let him leave with nothing in return after the season.

Lindblom is 2-2 with a 3.02 ERA in 48 appearances this season for the Dodgers. He cannot become a free agent until 2018. Martin was the Dodgers’ first-round pick in the 2008 First-Year Player Draft. He is 8-6 with a 3.58 ERA in 20 starts this season with Double-A Chattanooga.

The Phillies also have been talking to the Orioles about a trade involving Joe Blanton, although it appears the remaining $3 million on Blanton’s contract will kill the deal. The Orioles want the Phillies to pick up a substantial portion of the contract, which makes little sense to them if they are getting a lesser prospect in return.

6 Comments

Phillies should eat Blanton’s contract even if it’s just to pick up a lesser prospect. Phillies aren’t going anywhere anyway. And they aren’t gonna offer Blanton a competing offer, so they won’t get any draft compensation for him either.

Thanks always for the CC slam and that 2008 ring.

Phillies are stacked…. aaaaand it’s gone!

AMF, Shane. Maybe they can fill your Ritalin prescriptions more often in California.

Shane hate to see you leave us. Thanks for everything and you will always be a Philliie in my heart. Glad I was able to get a chance to say “good bye” at the Phestival last week since even then everyone some how knew it was the end of your Phillies ride. Much success going forward.

Ruin has already traipsed out his old chestnut about having to reload the system and the sportscasters just love eating those warmed over chestnuts.. Ruin reminds me of the guy who after killing his parents throws himself on the mercy of the court because he is an orphan.

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