LOS ANGELES (CBSLA.com) — The Los Angeles Dodgers have acquired outfielder Shane Victorino from the Philadelphia Phillies in exchange for at least two other players, it was announced Tuesday.
The exchange was made for right-handed reliever Josh Lindblom, minor league right-hander Ethan Martin, as well as cash considerations if no other player is chosen.
“We’re excited to add an All-Star caliber player with postseason experience,” Dodgers General Manager Ned Colletti said. “He plays the game with passion, gives us a top of the order bat from both sides of the plate, can steal bases and is solid defensively in the outfield.”
Victorino, 31, is batting .261 with nine homers, 24 steals and 40 RBI in 101 games this season with the Phillies.
The Dodgers selected Victorino in the sixth round of the 1999 First-Year Player Draft before he was lost to San Diego (2002) and then Philadelphia (2004) in the Rule 5 Draft.
“It’s been a whirlwind for the Dodger organization,” Magic Johnson said. “We’re in it to win it. We don’t want to wait till next year. We want to win right now.”
“Hanley Ramirez has really improved our lineup, and now Shane — man, you need somebody with that type of speed. He’s gutty, he’s gritty, he’s tough-minded, and I think he’s going to help the locker room as well as on the field. And he’s a guy who’s done it. So we’re excited about having him,” he said.