Dodgers Welcome Back Shane Victorino
A little less than eight years since his departure from the organization through the Rule 5 draft, the Dodgers welcome back outfielder and the Flyin' Hawaiian Shane Victorino.
With mere hours left before the trade deadline, the Dodgers sent right-handed reliever Josh Lindblom and right-handed minor league pitcher Ethan Martin to the Philadelphia Phillies according to Tim Brown of Yahoo! Sports.
The 31-year old switch hitter is batting .261 for the Phillies this season and led the league with 16 triples last season. Perhaps most importantly, in 22 games at Dodger Stadium Victorino has hit .357 with three homers.
Victorino will be a free agent at the end of the season.
Meanwhile the Phillies are getting a reliable arm in Lindblom who has helped stabilized the middle relief of the Dodgers this season. The 25-year old has a 2-2 record with a 3.02 ERA, however with the acquisition of Brandon League Monday night the Dodgers were able to use Lindblom in the trade.
Victorino was drafted by the Dodgers in 1999 and was initially taken by the San Diego Padres in the Rule 5 draft in 2002. Since he was not on the 25-man roster for the full season, Victorino was returned to the Dodgers until the Phillies snapped him up in 2004.
Victorino eventually went on to win two Gold Gloves in the outfield and played in two All Star Games while helping the Phillies win the World Series in 2008 and the National League pennant in 2009.
The Dodgers are also reportedly making a final push for Chicago Cubs starting pitcher Ryan Dempster. The non-waiver trade deadline is at 1 p.m. PT.