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DODGERS ACQUIRED OUTFIELDER SHANE VICTORINO
Fri, 03 Aug 2012 10:41 PM EDT

The Phillies traded Shane Victorino, the 2-time All-Star center fielder to the Dodgers for reliever Josh Lindblom and minor league pitcher Ethan Martin.

Philadelphia also gets a player to be named or money for the 31-year-old Victorino, who can become an free agent after the season. The last-place Phillies then sent 2-time All-Star right fielder Hunter Pence to the SF Giants for 3 players.

Victorino is batting .261 with 9 homers, 40 RBIs and 24 steals. He helped the Philadelphia Phillies win 5 straight National League East titles and the 2008 World Series championship. Baseball odds

Victorino has been booed at Dodger Stadium since Game 3 of the 2008 National League championship series. Victorino took exception to a fastball thrown over his head by Hiroki Kuroda. He screamed at Kuroda while pointing at his own head and upper body as if to point out: “It’s OK to throw at my body, but not my head.” Benches cleared, but no punches were thrown.

Since that day, Victorino has been a bad guy to Dodgers fans.

Not now.

Victorino joins a team that’s tied for first place in the National League West with the Giants. Though he’s a 3-time Gold Glove winner, he could move to left field because ruling Gold Glove winner Matt Kemp plays center. Kemp, however, told team officials that he’d be willing to move to left before the trade.

Victorino primarily batted 2nd in Philadelphia’s lineup, though he hit everywhere from 1st to 6th this season. He’s expected to guide off for L.A, which hasn’t had much production in that slot. L.A Dodgers’ leadoff hitters have a .221 average and .279 on-base percentage this season. Victorino’s on-base percentage is .324, down from .355 last year.

Victorino is the 2nd major addition for the Dodgers in the past week. They acquired 3-time All-Star and previous National League batting champion Hanley Ramirez from Miami last Thursday. Los Angeles strengthened its bullpen late Monday night, taking former All-Star reliever Brandon League from the Seattle Mariners for 2 prospects.

That made Lindblom expendable. Lindblom is 2-2 with a 3.02 ERA in 48 relief appearances for LA. The 25-year-old righty has a 2.91 ERA in 75 career games. He’ll bolster a bullpen that’s struggled mightily this season.

Martin, a 23-year-old righty, was the Dodgers’ 1st round selection with the 15th pick in the 2008 non-professional draft. He’s 8-6 with a 3.58 ERA in 20 starts this season with Double-A Chattanooga.

Victorino returns to the team that selected in the 6th round of the 1999 draft. He used to be a winter league draft selection by the Phillies in 2004 from the Padres.

The switch-hitting Victorino batted .279 with 181 doubles, 63 triples, 88 home runs, 390 RBIs and 179 taken bases in 8 years with the Phillies. In 46 postseason games, Victorino hit .269 with 6 homers and 30 RBIs.

Victorino is making $9.5 million this season, and the Phillies weren’t going to give him the long-term deal he’ll seek in free agency. Under baseball’s new labor contract, the L.A Dodgers won’t receive a draft selection as compensation if Victorino signs somewhere else during the offseason.


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