Victorino Wants To Stay In Philly

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Shane Victorino loves playing in Philadelphia and is hoping to be here long-term. In Victorino's perfect world, he and the Phillies will agree to a five-year deal before too long.

In the time since the Phillies won the World Series in 2008, many new names and faces have come and gone. But five regulars from the starting lineup remain: Ryan Howard, Chase Utley, Jimmy Rollins, Carlos Ruiz and Shane Victorino.

Victorino realizes this, and with free agency looming, clearly wants to stay with a team he's helped win a world championship, two NL pennants and five straight National League East titles.

On the day he reported to camp, Victorino told the Delaware County Daily Times: "I don't plan on going anywhere."

He clarified that comment on ESPN.com during the first full week of workouts in Clearwater, Florida.

"What that statement was saying was that I'm willing to give up free agency," Victorino said. "A lot of guys won't. In the game of baseball, free agency is what every major league player dreams of. You want to maximize your value, and of course I do, too.

"But what's important to me is, I want to be here. I love playing here. My family loves the city. I love the city. So when I made that statement, that's what I meant."

Victorino did even more clarifying later in the week, when it became clear that he might be open to a home-town discount to stay in Philadelphia. He told MLB.com that he's looking for a five-year deal.

"I'd like five years, yeah," Victorino said. "Why wouldn't I? I signed for three (on my last contract). Why wouldn't I want the next one to be longer?"

On the open market, Victorino might look for a deal similar to the five-year, $60 million contract his predecessor in Philadelphia, Aaron Rowand, signed with the San Francisco Giants before the 2008 season.

In the time since taking over from Rowand, Victorino has won three Gold Gloves and has appeared in two All-Star games.

Whether he hits the open market remains a fair question, since, all things considered, he would prefer to strike a deal with the Phillies.

"I look at it this way," Victorino told MLB.com. "If it's a significant difference, I have to weigh my options more than anything. I obviously love to play in Philly. They gave me my opportunity. They made me who I am. In that regard, that sits in the back of my mind.

"But I also understand there's a window in this game. I would like to play until I'm 50, 60 years old. Who wouldn't? But age and time comes into play. When I say I don't want to go anywhere, yeah, I call this home. I want to finish my career here. I won't say I won't take a hometown discount, but I also will say I want to maximize my opportunity with not only what I've accomplished as an individual, but as part of a team."

Shane Victorino's career stats

Year Team G AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB BB SO BA OBP SLG
2003 San Diego 36 73 8 11 2 0 0 4 7 7 17 .151 .232 .178
2005 Philadelphia 21 17 5 5 0 0 2 8 0 0 3 .294 .263 .647
2006 Philadelphia 153 415 70 119 19 8 6 46 4 24 54 .287 .346 .414
2007 Philadelphia 131 456 78 128 23 3 12 46 37 37 62 .281 .347 .423
2008 Philadelphia 146 570 102 167 30 8 14 58 36 45 69 .293 .352 .447
2009 Philadelphia 156 620 102 181 39 13 10 62 25 60 71 .292 .358 .445
2010 Philadelphia 147 587 84 152 26 10 18 69 34 53 79 .259 .327 .429
2011 Philadelphia 132 519 95 145 27 16 17 61 19 55 63 .279 .355 .491
8 Yrs 922 3257 544 908 166 58 79 354 162 281 418 .279 .344 .438

Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 3/8/2012.


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