Monday, August 6, 2012
Shane Victorino happy with Dodgers
By Mark Saxon
LOS ANGELES -- Shane Victorino has been in Los Angeles for only four games, but he's already hoping for a long future in Dodger blue.
Victorino has informed his agents that he would like to re-sign with the Los Angeles Dodgers, the outfielder told ESPNLosAngeles.com on Monday.
Victorino is in the final year of a three-year, $22 million contract he signed before the 2010 season with the Philadelphia Phillies.
"I don't want to just be a two-month or three-month rental," Victorino said. "I want to be here."
Victorino played all but one of his nine major-league seasons with the Phillies, but being in Los Angeles has shown him the advantages of playing on the West Coast. His parents, Mike and Joycelyn, flew from Maui to attend Monday night's game against the Colorado Rockies. His wife and two young children can fly from the family's home in Las Vegas to Los Angeles in less than an hour.
Victorino originally signed with the Dodgers after being selected in the sixth round of the 1999 draft, but the Phillies picked him in the Rule V draft. He won three Gold Gloves and reached two All-Star teams with the Phillies, who won the 2008 World Series with him in center field.
Victorino, 31, moved to left field to accommodate Los Angeles' best player, Matt Kemp, and is off to a slow start with the Dodgers, with just two hits in his first 17 at-bats.
"Don't get me wrong. I still miss Philly and I still miss everything about that place, but now that this chapter has come into play, there are a lot of other things I look at," Victorino said. "I'd love to stay here for the next however many years and win one here."
The feeling might well be mutual. Before landing Victorino at the trade deadline, the Dodgers had used eight different left fielders, who had a collective .338 slugging percentage, 29th in the majors.