Any question about the Phillies being buyers or sellers was answered Tuesday as the Phillies sent two-time All-Star and fan favorite Shane Victorino to the Dodgers for two right-handed pitchers and a player to be named later or cash.
It was one of a pair of deals the Phils made before Tuesday's deadline including sending Hunter Pence to the Giants.
A free-agent-to-be, Victorino spent parts of eight seasons in Philly.
Victorino, 31, became a star manning the outfield for the Phillies -- going from a seldom used utility outfielder to a two-time All-Star and three-time Gold Glove winner in center field.
The man fans call The Flyin’ Hawaiian returns to a Dodgers organization that drafted him then left him unprotected in the 2004 Rule 5 Draft. The Phillies picked him that draft after he had only appeared in 36 games in 2003 with the Padres after the selected him in the 2002 Rule 5 Draft.
Victorino’s biggest assets are his glove and legs. With the Phillies he led the major twice in triples (13 in 2009 and 16 in 2011) and stole at least 19 bases in his last seven seasons in Philly including a career-high 37 steals in 2007. In the field he posted a perfect fielding percentage in 2011 and for his career has averaged just one error a season.
But this season he struggled to find his swing often hacking at bad pitches on his way to batting .261 with nine homers, 46 runs, 40 RBI and 24 steals in 101 games.
By letting Victorino go now, the Phillies save the $3.3 million or so remaining on his contract.
He also became beloved for his huge smile, care-free style, throwing balls to kids in the crowd after warm-ups before the top of each inning and a mean streak at times when other players would throw at him. He also did philanthropic work in the region helping renovate a Boys and Girls Club.
For Victorino the Phillies get right-handed reliever Josh Lindblom and Ethan Martin. Lindblom, 25, is 3-2 with a 2.91 ERA in 77.1 career innings with the Dodgers -- he posted an impressive 1.64 ERA against National League East teams this year. Martin, a 23-year-old former first-round pick of L.A., is 8-6 with a 3.58 ERA and 112 strikeouts (61 walks) in 118 innings with Double-A Chattanooga.
The Phillies also received a player to be named later or cash considerations from the Dodgers.
With Victorino headed to L.A. the Phillies called on Dominic Brown to take his roster spot. Brown was a late scratch from the IronPigs' lineup Tuesday afternoon and was expected to be in uniform for the Phillies Tuesday night in Washington.
With the Phillies in dead last in National League East expect more possible moves before Tuesday's 4 p.m. non-waiver trade deadline.