Reports: Dodgers close to dealing for Victorino
Shane Victorino, one of many Phillies whose name has been floating around this week, is close to be shipped out west to Los Angeles, according to multiple reports on Tuesday morning.
ESPN’s Jayson Stark tweeted that the two teams are close to finishing a deal that would send reliever Josh Lindblom and another player to Philadelphia for Victorino, who would fill L.A.’s need for a leadoff hitter. MLB.com’s Todd Zolecki has also confirmed that report.
If that’s the case, as FOX’s Ken Rosenthal writes, it would likely take the Dodgers out of the running for Chicago’s Alfonso Soriano.
In his second season with the Dodgers, Lindblom has 43 strikeouts in 47 2/3 innings out of the bullpen, with a 3.02 ERA. Victorino, a two-time All-Star and three-time Gold Glover, was an integral part of the Phillies’ 2008 World Series club and has three times in his career stolen at least 34 bases in a season and twice score more than 100 runs.
– Joey Nowak