BY SHAY RODDY
PHILADELPHIA– Shane Victorino and the Phillies have agreed to a three-year, $22 million contract, according to sources.
Just earlier today, we heard Assistant General Manager Scott Proefrock say that the Phils were optimistic about the status of the then two remaining restricted free-agents, and that he doubted that either of the two would get to the point of an arbitration hearing. Perhaps Scott was just a bit more optimistic than he let on.
Sources have told High Hopes that the speedy centerfielder has agreed to a deal with the Phils, leaving only Carlos Ruiz unsigned. A press conference will be held tomorrow at Citizens Bank Park to make the official announcement.
Many are indicating that the signing of Victorino will mean that Jayson Werth may not have long before he has to give up his rightfield spot to top outfield prospect Domonic Brown. Right now signs are pointing that way, with the Victorino contract finalized, according to our sources.