PHILADELPHIA - MAY 06: Shane Victorino #8 of the Philadelphia Phillies connects on a second inning double against the St. Louis Cardinals at Citizens Bank Park on May 6, 2010 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)
UPDATE 10:01 AM EST: Jayson Stark of ESPN is reporting that the Phillies are close to sending Victorino to the Dodgers in exchange for Lindblom and a second player:
UPDATE 7:35 AM EST: The Phillies and Dodgers are now in "serious talks" for outfielder Shane Victorino, reports Jon Heyman of CBS Sports. Talks between the Phillies and the Cincinnati Reds for Victorino and fellow outfielder Juan Pierre have ceased, putting the Dodgers in the catbird seat for Victorino.
Original Story: The Philadelphia Phillies are seeking a major league reliever or more in return for outfielder Shane Victorino, which may put the Los Angeles Dodgers in the best position to acquire him, reports Jon Heyman of CBS Sports.
Last night's acquisition of Brandon League from the Seattle Mariners gives the Dodgers some leeway in their bullpen, which could make young reliever Josh Lindblom expendable. The 25-year-old right-hander, who owns a 3.02 ERA in 47 2/3 innings, has been on Philadelphia's radar for at least a week.
A potential hitch in negotiations is the fact that acquiring Victorino could put a stop to the Dodgers' discussions for Chicago Cubs right-hander Ryan Dempster, reports Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports. Veteran outfielder Alfonso Soriano is reportedly a key part of the ongoing talks between the two teams, but a trade for Flyin' Hawaiian would make Soriano unnecessary for the Dodgers.
Can the Dodgers acquire both Victorino and Dempster?