As the Phillies' search for a centerfielder drags on goes nowhere, yet another option is swept up off the market. It seems Shane Victorino is still good enough to garner attention from big-market contenders, as the Boston Red Sox became the latest to acquire the Flyin' Hawaiian's services.
Victorino agreed to a three-year deal worth a lofty $39 million according to Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports. That seems high. While he is a two-time All Star and three-time Gold Glove winner, the 32 year old is coming off of his worst season at the dish since becoming an everyday player in 2006.
The Phillies traded Vic to the Dodgers over the summer due to his impending free agency for reliever Josh Lindblom and prospects. Parting ways opened the club's hole in center in the first place.
As for what comes next, that still remains to be seen. We'll always have a special place in our hearts for Victorino though, both as a member of the 2008 World Series champion Phillies, and an all-around good guy. A reunion was a nice thought, but sometimes you just have to move on, and forget about the good ol' days.
SANDY, Utah -- Joao Plata scored his first goal of the season and Real Salt Lake beat the Union, 1-0, on Saturday night to snap Philadelphia's club-record winning streak at four games.
Plata tapped in his goal in the 36th minute after quickly exchanging short passes twice with Jefferson Savarino. Tony Beltran got the play started by saving the ball just before it went over the goal line.
The Union (4-5-5) had a chance to tie it in stoppage time, but goalie Nick Rimando blocked Haris Medunjanin's belt-high free kick and Salt Lake (4-8-2) cleared it after a scramble in front of the net.
Union goalkeeper Andre Blake made seven saves.
Howie Kendrick on Saturday night made his fourth rehab appearance in Triple A during Lehigh Valley's 13-1 rout of the Louisville Bats in Allentown.
Kendrick went 1 for 5 with a run scored and three strikeouts. He also grounded into a double play and left two runners in scoring position.
It was his second rehab game playing third base. He played third during his appearance in the IronPigs' 8-4 loss Thursday to the Indianapolis Indians. He was 0 for 1 in three plate appearances with a run scored and was hit by a pitch twice (see story).
The Phillies' plan for Kendrick was to have him play a minimum four games at Lehigh Valley. He played left field in two games and third base twice. Pete Mackanin said Wednesday that Kendrick would also get a game at first base but he hasn't gotten a game at first yet.
There is a chance Kendrick could be recalled Sunday before the Phillies’ series finale against the Cincinnati Reds depending on how he feels.
Kendrick has been sidelined since April 15 with an oblique strain. In 10 games before the injury, Kendrick went 13 for 39 (.333) with five extra-base hits and four walks while exclusively playing left field.