The Philadelphia Phillies have dealt 31-year old switch-hitting outfielder Shane Victorino to the Los Angeles Dodgers for 25-year old righty reliever Josh Lindblom, 23-year old righty starting pitcher Ethan Martin and a player to be named later or cash. Lindblom pitched in 48 games (0 starts) for the Dodgers this year and he was 2-2 with a 3.02 ERA and a 1.26 WHIP. He has now pitched in 75 games (0 starts) in his first two years in the majors and he is 3-2 with a 2.91 ERA and a 1.18 WHIP. Lindblom will immediately be inserted as Johnathan Papelbon’s set-up man. Ethan Martin came into this season as the Dodgers’ #17 prospect according to Baseball America. Martin pitched in 20 games (all starts) in AA-ball for the Dodgers this year and he was 8-6 with a 3.58 ERA and a 1.27 WHIP. He has only allowed 89 hits while whiffing 112 batters in his first 118 innings in the minors this year, but he has walked 61 batters as he is more than a little wild. Martin has now pitched in 109 games (73 starts) in his first four years in the minors and he is 32-35 with 3 saves, a 4.91 ERA and a 1.55 WHIP.
Shane Victorino played in 101 games for the Phillies this year and he was 101 of 387 (.261 avg, .724 OPS) with 46 runs scored, 9 homers, 40 RBIs and 24 stolen bases. He played in 987 games in his nine years with the Phillies in which he was 998 of 3,571 (.279 avg, .784 OPS) with 582 runs scored, 88 homers, 390 RBIs and 179 stolen bases. The Phillies are going to miss the Flyin’ Hawaiian.
The Phillies aren’t going anywhere this year, so this deal made perfect sense. The Phillies have been desperate for bullpen help and Lindblom will help them immediately in that area.