Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com is reporting that center fielder Shane Victorino isn’t likely to be with the Philadelphia Phillies beyond this season, and that the Los Angeles Dodgers "have a bit of interest" in him.
In any case, Victorino appears to be a short-timer in Philly. If he isn't traded before the July 31 trade deadline, he will almost assuredly sign elsewhere.
Heyman adds that while the Phillies "intend to try to make a strong effort to re-sign starting pitcher Cole Hamels, their efforts to retain Victorino are expected to be lukewarm, at best."
Heyman has heard from "Phillies people" that Victorino is one of the players, along with right-hander Joe Blanton and third baseman Placido Polanco, which the club doesn’t expect to return next season. While Victorino has been a long-time Phillie, Heyman’s heard that some of these "Phillies people" have "expressed some disappointment in his performance and even some concern about on-field decision-making."
Victorino, 31, has hit at a clip of only .245/.311/.369 this season. Last year, the Flyin’ Hawaiian put on a power display, tallying 27 doubles, 16 triples and 17 home runs on his way to an OPS of .847. He owns a career OPS of .773.
Which team will Victorino be playing for come August 1?