MLB Rumor Rundown: Dodgers eye Victorino
It looks like Shane Victorino might not even last the season.
The Phils' centerfielder was benched for Sunday's series finale against the Braves, which Charlie Manuel called a "manager's decision."
But Victorino will be a free agent at the end of the season and CBS Sports
' Jon Heyman reports the Dodgers are one of "a few teams" with interest in Victorino.
If you remember, Dodger fans aren't too fond of Victorino. They haven't been since Game 3 of the NLCS. Victorino took issue with Dodgers' pitcher Hiroki Kuroda, who he deemed was throwing at his head. He gestured that if Kuroda was going to go inside, to keep it low. After grounding out, he continued to talk to Kuroda and the benches cleared. He was booed by Dodgers fan in each at-bat after the incident.
"In any case, Victorino appears to be a short-timer in Philly," writes Heyman. "If he isn't traded before the July 31 trade deadline, he will almost assuredly sign elsewhere."
Victorino is having a disappointing season in a contract year. He's hitting just .245 with 37 RBIs and 32 runs scored. Rangers prefer Hamels over Greinke
According to Fox Sports
' Ken Rosenthal, the Rangers would prefer to trade for Cole Hamels instead of the Brewers' Zack Greinke.
The Rangers have been scouting Greinke but Rosenthal, citing sources, says they'd rather have Hamels.
"The Phillies entered the All-Star break 14 games out of first place in the National League East, their path to becoming a seller increasingly clear," writes Rosenthal. "However, they are expected to make one last push to sign Hamels before the July 31 non-waiver deadline."
Hamels talked exclusively with CSNPhilly
's Leslie Gudel about his future with the Phillies. The lefty said if he's traded away, it wouldn't mean he wouldn't be able to return as a free agent.