Yesterday, we talked about how trading Hunter Pence could give the Philadelphia Phillies a chance for a bright future. Today, I will give a couple brief scenarios on what trades suitors the Phillies could have with center-fielder Shane Victorino. There are multiple teams that have inquired the Phillies about their center-fielder. Notable teams linked to Victorino are the Pirates, Reds, Dodgers, Indians, as well as the Yankees.
The Pirates again have the best prospects to offer the Phillies due to their needs at pitcher as well as the outfield position. Instead of rebuilding, Ruben Amaro Jr. seems to have him mindsight on a relief pitcher like Brad Lincoln.
Earlier today, there were reports that the Reds rejected a trade that would have sent Logan Ondrusek to the Phillies in exchange for Victorino. The Reds had every right to deny this trade. Victorino is not what the Reds need. The Phillies need middle relief help but trading a player whose value is not that high will not help their cause.
The Dodgers have a handful of relievers that the Phillies could target due to the fact that Los Angeles traded for left handed specialist, Randy Choate. I believe the Dodgers are a perfect spot for Victorino to land. While leadoff hitter Dee Gordon is out with injury, Victorino could fill his position very well. Victorino still has an above average arm in the outfield and plays defense very well. I do not know if Amaro can pull off a trade to get a prospect or two as well as a reliever, but Los Angeles is the perfect destination for Victorino.
The Yankees trade rumors have died down with the recent aquisition of Ichiro Suzuki from the Seattle Mariners. The Yankees would have been good trade partners because Victorino could the void left by Brett Gardner. The Bronx Bombers could have given the Phils' a couple of decent prospects as well.
Earlier in the week, a rumor about a trade of two Cleveland Indian minor leaguers for Victorino appeared on twitter. Victorino could help the Indians because he is an upgrade in the outfield from what they have currently. I do not belief Victorino would want to play in Cleveland, then again, he would have a better shot at a playoff run.
Former Phillies closer, Mitch Williams, spoke on MLB Network about how the Phillies and Tampa Bay Rays would be perfect trade partners. The Rays have a struggling outfielder in B.J. Upton and the Phillies have the disgruntled Victorino. Williams suggested that the two teams should make a straight up deal. Basically, he said, the two players are identical because they both need fresh starts.
Maybe 'Wild Thing' has a future in the front office for a major league club. For now, we should let Ruben Amaro Jr. make the decisions that he sees fitting the Phillies best for the immediate future.
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