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Trading Places: Dodgers Add Shane Victorino
Nate Springfield | Tuesday July 31st, 2012
Victorino moves closer to home by joining the Dodgers. (US Presswire)
Victorino moves closer to home by joining the Dodgers. (US Presswire)
The Los Angeles Dodgers added an outfield bat before the deadline by acquiring Shane Victorino from the Phillies in exchange for major league reliever Josh Lindblom, prospect Ethan Martin and a player to be named later or future cash considerations.

Victorino has had a slightly down year in 2012 compared to recent seasons, hitting only .261/.324/.401 with nine home runs so far.  Even though his batting average is below his current three year average, it has not effected his ability to be a threat on the basepaths, having already swiped 24 bases in 2012.  The Flyin' Hawaiian will slot in as the Dodgers starting left fielder and will hit in one of the top two spots of the batting order for the remainder of the season.

In return, the Phillies pick up two pitchers, reliever Josh Lindblom and right-handed prospect Ethan Martin.  Lindblom has been effective in his sophomore season out of the bullpen for the Dodgers, carrying a 3.02 ERA and 1.26 WHIP while posting a 8.1 K/9 in 2012.  He will be under team control through the 2017 season, and will act as a setup man for closer Jonathan Papelbon in the Phillies bullpen.

Ethan Martin, a 23 year-old righty, was drafted out of high school by the Dodgers in 2008.  He has a high ceiling, but has not progressed as quickly as the Dodgers initially thought he would.  Pitching at Double-A Chattanooga this season, Martin currently is carrying a 3.58 ERA with 112 strikeouts in 118 innings pitched.  He could potentially slot in as a number 2 pitcher behind Cole Hamels in a couple years for Philadelphia, but has a couple more years of work in the minors before it would be possible.

From a fantasy standpoint, Victorino's value gets a little bit of a bump in L.A. due to an increase in his runs total, but there is a possibility of his stolen base opportunities decreasing since the Dodgers will not have to work as hard at manufacturing runs as the Phillies have had to this season.  Other players' fantasy values that will increase due to this trade are John Mayberry Jr. and Domonic Brown.  Mayberry will take over as the everyday center fielder in Philadelphia and Brown will be recalled to the majors to fill Victorino's roster spot.  In Los Angeles, Juan Rivera and James Loney will be losers in regards to fantasy value.  Both will be losing at-bats now that they will be in a strict platoon with each other at first base.
Nate SpringfieldNate Springfield joined the Baseball Press crew for the 2010 season and hosts the site's podcast. His love for the game has grown thanks to fantasy baseball, with a specialty in NL-only auction leagues. You can contact him at nate@baseballpress.com or follow him on Twitter @NateSpringfield.