Shane Victorino avoided salary arbitration by agreeing to a 3 year$22 million deal. This will keep Victorino a Phillie through 2012. He is a huge piece in the Phillies lineup. In 2009, Victorino batted .292 with 10 home runs and 62 RBIs. He is a catalyst in the Phillies lineup. Along with Jimmy Rollins, he is an avid base stealer and is very dangerous on the base pass.
This extension seems to foreshadow Jayson Werth’s future. Werth is a free agent after the 2010 season and is likely to command top dollars. It is being speculated that Werth could receive a deal similar to what Jason Bay received from the Mets this offseason. That would likely place Werth out of the Phillies price range. The Phillies may be willing to let Jayson Werth walk due to their outfield depth in the farm system. Dominic Brown is arguably the Phillies top prospect with Kyle Drabek being traded to Toronto. Brown is expected to be major league ready by 2011. There are other outfield prospects as well. Anthony Gose and newly acquired Tyson Gillies are also at the top of the Phillies farm system. Both will require a few years to be ready, but the Phillies outfield is in good hands. It most certainly would hurt to see Werth go, but we can’t all be the Yankees can we?