Odds And Ends

Victorino Inks Minor League Deal with Cubs

The Flyin’ Hawaiian keeps trucking along.

One day after swiping Dexter Fowler out from underneath the Baltimore Orioles, the Chicago Cubs add more outfield depth with Shane Victorino, who has been signed to a minor league deal with an invitation to Spring Training. Victorino, who hit just .230/.308/.292 last season for the Red Sox and Angels, faces a tough road to cracking the Cubs’ roster that now includes outfielder Fowler, Jorge SolerKyle Schwarber, former Villanova wide receiver Matt SzczurJavier Baez, and big-money free agent Jason Heyward.

Victorino is now 35 and it’s been over three years since Shane Victorino was last a Phillie. Since being traded from Philadelphia to the Dodgers in the summer of 2012 for a package centered around Ethan Martin, Victorino became a key piece of the 2013 Boston Red Sox World Series championship team. Victorino, after posting a .294/.351/.451 with 15 HR and 21 SB line in 2013, regressed pretty hard in the last two seasons of his three-year, $39 million deal he signed with the Red Sox prior to the 2013 season.

The Flyin’ Hawaiian won three Gold Gloves with the Phillies, adding a fourth in 2013 with the Red Sox. If he makes the Cubs, it will be his 13th Major League season.



  1. Bruce

    February 29, 2016 at 12:18 pm

    Regardless of Victorino’s declining years in performance, it’s still nice to see that he is given another chance to play even if only part time. Now if he can only avoid the injuries he has had the past years I think he can still contribute for the Cubs. Victorino, Rollins and Utley are still hanging on and I wish all of them the best of luck.

    • Ken Bland

      February 29, 2016 at 12:19 pm

      Since this is spring and imaginations are legal in hopeful thinking, let’s enable in some chit chat for the sake of it and look at this quote from the message..

      Say that happens, and if we can allow the imagination more wide direction, at least based on history, say Vic does stick, lasts the season, and HOLEEE COW, the Cubs win it all.

      what would you have. A player with 3 rings from 3 of the least occasional winners in baseball history.

      The Phils, Red Sox and Cubs. Series rings all fitting 1 hand. as if the guy hasn’t already had an overachieving career. Not bad. Imagine what that trifecta of rings would bring, sold in
      unison, at a garage sale if the right baseball history aficionado walked by .

      Sadly, the chances of that are slim. That is 1 talented, and deep OF he’ll be trying to crack.
      The rumor of the Rangers interest in him might have enabled more playing op even off a minor league deal, between the DH, and now Josh Hamilton going down, but he did sign before Josh’s latest injury.

      At least he might get a chance to show some skills in the spring. But he’s a longshot to stick in Chitown. If he’s gonna show he’s got anything left, logically, its’ elsewhere. auditioning for that chance elsewhere is most likely what this Cub chance is about. The playing for the Cubs part.time is a longshot.

      But what a terrific story it’d make.

  2. LCMRSalazar85

    February 29, 2016 at 12:20 pm

    I’m glad he’s still got the drive to gruel it out 1 more time. I hope the Phillies bring him back in some capacity when he retires. He’s one of the top 20 players we’ve had.

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