Hollywood Comes to Clearwater

22 Feb

Photo: Miles Kennedy/Phillies - Hollywood arrives.

With all of the contract hype circling around Cole Hamels and finding a way to extend the lefty, it’s easy to forget that another all-star is coming to the end of his deal with the Phillies.  Shane Victorino will be able to become a free-agent at the end of this season.

But is he going to let that bother him?

“I don’t plan on going anywhere else,” he said.

“I never put a time frame on anything, but I just want to stay focused on playing the season out and seeing what happens,” he said. “We’ll go from there. But I don’t think you should put a time frame on it. But is it going to be a distraction if you’re talking about it during the year? Yeah, I think sometimes it does.”

The night after his cameo appearance on ABC’s Hawaii Five -0, Victorino, who had the red carpet rolled out for his arrival to camp, is focused on winning a title, and will “stay focused.”

“You definitely think about it, but you’ve just got to stay focused on what’s ahead of you,” Victorino said. “It’s a big year for all of us, not just because of free agency. Getting back to where we need to be is very important. There are a lot of expectations. I don’t want to use the word disappointment, but last year ended so quick. We want to keep this team as long as we can, but there’s a certain point when all that stuff starts coming into play.”

Spoken like a champ.

Will the Phillies be able to re-sign Victornio?  Probably, but so far there have been no talks of a deal, or extension.  Of all of the position players the Phillies have he is pretty much the closest to being in his prime years, despite being 31, and you can’t deny what an plus he has been to the team in last few seasons. It will take a little bit of work, but this deal should hopefully get done… Time will tell.

Victorino has been an All-Star twice, and has won two Gold Gloves.

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