Victorino hopes to remain in Philly
Speedster prominent in trade rumors as Deadline nears
NEW YORK -- Nothing against Denver, but Shane Victorino prefers Philadelphia.Cincinnati? Toronto? Pittsburgh? Anywhere else? "I want to stay here," Victorino said. "I don't want to go, but I have no control. I don't want to leave the situation I'm in."
As much as he tries, Victorino can't ignore the rumors, especially the one that had him heading to Colorado in a blockbuster deal for Matt Holliday and Brian Fuentes. Minor Leaguers Carlos Carrasco, Lou Marson and J.A. Happ were also in that deal, which reportedly has already fallen apart and won't be revisited.Last month, a lesser rumor had Victorino going to the Reds in some sort of deal for Bronson Arroyo. There have been others, but the Rockies one has prompted calls from relatives and friends. "I don't know what you can do," Victorino said. "It is what it is, I guess. I don't know how else you can look at it. You're curious, but you're not curious. You pay attention -- not necessarily reading or looking for stuff -- but if you watch SportsCenter or Baseball Tonight and it's the topic, you look at it. You try not to pay attention, but ..." Victorino has been in Phillies organization since being selected in the Rule 5 Draft in 2005. He's been a regular since 2006, and he was part of the 2007 team that made the postseason. The Phillies sent three Minor Leaguers to Oakland last week for Joe Blanton, and might not be done dealing. The team is still looking for a reliever and possibly a bat to help a sagging offense. While the speedy Victorino understands his salary makes him an attractive chip, he has no desire to make a new home elsewhere. "I'm playing with the Phillies," Victorino said. "I like it that way. I feel at home here more than anywhere else I played. They gave me the opportunity to be an everyday big leaguer."
Ken Mandel is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.