Dodgers, Phillies Close to Deal on Shane Victorino

SAN FRANCISCO - OCTOBER 19: Shane Victorino #8 of the Philadelphia Phillies at bat against the San Francisco Giants in Game Three of the NLCS during the 2010 MLB Playoffs at AT&T Park on October 19 2010 in San Francisco California. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Shane Victorino

The Los Angeles Dodgers and Philadelphia Phillies are inching closer on a deal that will send outfielder Shane Victorino to LA for reliever Josh Lindblom and undetermined player, Todd Zolecki of MLB.com confirms.

Reported to be in "serious talks" this morning by Jon Heyman of CBS Sports, it appears the Dodgers are close to acquiring the outfield help they have been in search of for some time. The Cincinnati Reds were also in talks to acquire the Flyin' Hawaiian, but talks stalled this morning, putting the Dodgers in the driver's seat.

Originally reported by Jayson Stark of ESPN, a deal for Victorino will likely put the Dodgers out of contention for Cubs starter Ryan Dempster because Alfonso Soriano, who has been a critical player in discussions between the two teams, would become unnecessary.

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