LOS ANGELES - JULY 31: Shane Victorino #8 of the Los Angeles Dodgers gets his first hit as a Dodger in the eighth inning against the Chicago Cubs at Dodger Stadium on August 3, 2012 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Josh Hedges/Getty Images)
Newly acquired outfielder Shane Victorino, who will be a free agent at season's end, is hoping to be a mainstay for the Los Angeles Dodgers rather than a two-month rental. The soon-to-be-free-agent has informed his agents about his desire to remain with the Dodgers, Victorino tells Mark Saxon of ESPN Los Angeles.
"I don't want to just be a two-month or three-month rental," Victorino said. "I want to be here. Don't get me wrong. I still miss Philly and I still miss everything about that place, but now that this chapter has come into play, there are a lot of other things I look at," Victorino said. "I'd love to stay here for the next however many years and win one here."
Even though he's having a down year, batting .255/.316/.391 in 448 plate appearances this season is nothing to sneeze at. But the Dodgers will also need to decide if they want to invest a multi-year deal to a speed-reliant player that turns 32 in November.
Also, the Dodgers need to remember Victorino won't be playing center for them, which should alter the way other teams will value Victorino. Nonetheless, the Dodgers are expected to be big spenders with new ownership. But will they open their wallets for Victorino?