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Cubs sign Shane Victorino to minor league deal

Postby David » Fri Feb 26, 2016 2:49 pm

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Re: Cubs sign Shane Victorino to minor league deal

Postby UMFan83 » Fri Feb 26, 2016 2:51 pm

All the outfielders! (Except Coghlan)
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Re: Cubs sign Shane Victorino to minor league deal

Postby jersey cubs fan » Fri Feb 26, 2016 2:52 pm

I guess I'll put this tweet here, with Gonzo managing to misspell both names.

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Re: Cubs sign Shane Victorino to minor league deal

Postby XZero77 » Fri Feb 26, 2016 3:02 pm

I'm not sure we have enough outfield depth, guys.
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Re: Cubs sign Shane Victorino to minor league deal

Postby jersey cubs fan » Fri Feb 26, 2016 3:06 pm

XZero77 wrote:I'm not sure we have enough outfield depth, guys.

Well, I appreciate the sentiment but Victorino is probably below replacement level at this point.
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Re: Cubs sign Shane Victorino to minor league deal

Postby David » Fri Feb 26, 2016 3:08 pm

crap i had forgotten how really really good victorino was in 2013

but yeah nothing since
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Re: Cubs sign Shane Victorino to minor league deal

Postby XZero77 » Fri Feb 26, 2016 3:11 pm

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XZero77 wrote:I'm not sure we have enough outfield depth, guys.

Well, I appreciate the sentiment but Victorino is probably below replacement level at this point.


Yeah, I don't see how he will be appreciably better than Szczur at this point, but he probably won't be any worse. Maybe the thinking is that he'll add a leadership component. Or something.
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Postby Banedon » Fri Feb 26, 2016 3:12 pm

Is he a potential defensive replacement type?
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Postby David » Fri Feb 26, 2016 3:12 pm

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Re: Cubs sign Shane Victorino to minor league deal

Postby jersey cubs fan » Fri Feb 26, 2016 3:13 pm

Banedon wrote:Is he a potential defensive replacement type?

I think he's a "let the guy play all spring on a team that is going to get all of the attention and then maybe get a coaching job this summer" type.
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Re: Cubs sign Shane Victorino to minor league deal

Postby UMFan83 » Fri Feb 26, 2016 3:26 pm

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oof. Doesn't speak well to Victorino's chances of making the team. Maybe he will have a good spring and we can trade him for minor league depth.
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Re: Cubs sign Shane Victorino to minor league deal

Postby CubinNY » Fri Feb 26, 2016 3:32 pm

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oof. Doesn't speak well to Victorino's chances of making the team. Maybe he will have a good spring and we can trade him for minor league depth.

I think this is a Matt Murton type of deal where they are doing a favor for someone and giving the player a place to workout and get in shape in hope of catching on somewhere, not necessarily with the the Cubs.
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Re: Cubs sign Shane Victorino to minor league deal

Postby Rob » Fri Feb 26, 2016 3:42 pm

It doesn't take much to imagine Victorino or Murton winning the 5th OF job over Szczur.

That said, I'm guessing Victorino ends up getting released near the end of spring training to pursue other opportunities. He probably would have been fine with a 4th OF role, but I can't see him settling for 5th. He's probably just going to use spring training as a showcase for other teams to hopefully show them he's got something left in the tank.
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Re: Cubs sign Shane Victorino to minor league deal

Postby UMFan83 » Fri Feb 26, 2016 3:45 pm

Rob wrote:It doesn't take much to imagine Victorino or Murton winning the 5th OF job over Szczur.

That said, I'm guessing Victorino ends up getting released near the end of spring training to pursue other opportunities. He probably would have been fine with a 4th OF role, but I can't see him settling for 5th. He's probably just going to use spring training as a showcase for other teams to hopefully show them he's got something left in the tank.


I mean he's 35 and hasn't exactly killed it the last 2 seasons. I'm thinking he's taking whatever MLB job he can get.
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Re: Cubs sign Shane Victorino to minor league deal

Postby Cubswin11 » Fri Feb 26, 2016 4:12 pm

If I had to guess he gets the last bench spot over Szczur if he's healthy/doesn't look utterly terrible. Get a "veteran" on the bench and allows Szczur to get ABs everyday in Iowa.
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Re: Cubs sign Shane Victorino to minor league deal

Postby Cubbie Swagger » Fri Feb 26, 2016 4:18 pm

I just scrolled through this whole page, and not one person has posted the gif of Victorino getting beer poured on him.

You guys are slacking.
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Postby Banedon » Fri Feb 26, 2016 4:26 pm

Cubbie Swagger wrote:I just scrolled through this whole page, and not one person has posted the gif of Victorino getting beer poured on him.

You guys are slacking.


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Re: Cubs sign Shane Victorino to minor league deal

Postby Transmogrified Tiger » Fri Feb 26, 2016 4:48 pm

Rob wrote:It doesn't take much to imagine Victorino or Murton winning the 5th OF job over Szczur.


I had my doubts that there was a 5th OF job at all before yesterday, now I'm pretty positive it'll be an 8 man pen.

With that in mind, I imagine that Victorino is a hedge against ST injury and Szczur not clearing waivers come April.
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Re: Cubs sign Shane Victorino to minor league deal

Postby Pushfrog98 » Fri Feb 26, 2016 6:57 pm

In all the excitement over getting Fowler to return, incompletely forgot about Murton.
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Re: Cubs sign Shane Victorino to minor league deal

Postby bukie » Fri Feb 26, 2016 7:45 pm

Pushfrog98 wrote:In all the excitement over getting Fowler to return, incompletely forgot about Murton.

So you partially forgot about Murton?
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Re: Cubs sign Shane Victorino to minor league deal

Postby Proven Veteran » Fri Feb 26, 2016 7:49 pm

Pushfrog98 wrote:In all the excitement over getting Fowler to return, incompletely forgot about Murton.


So, you remembered him a little bit?
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Re: Cubs sign Shane Victorino to minor league deal

Postby Pushfrog98 » Fri Feb 26, 2016 7:53 pm

bukie wrote:
Pushfrog98 wrote:In all the excitement over getting Fowler to return, incompletely forgot about Murton.

So you partially forgot about Murton?

Proven Veteran wrote:
Pushfrog98 wrote:In all the excitement over getting Fowler to return, incompletely forgot about Murton.


So, you remembered him a little bit?

Autocorrect/typo helped me to remember, but ever so slightly.
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Re: Cubs sign Shane Victorino to minor league deal

Postby itisallpartoftheplan » Fri Feb 26, 2016 8:02 pm

Why is Bruce Levine tweeting we signed Shane Victorino??
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Re: Cubs sign Shane Victorino to minor league deal

Postby mdwilla » Fri Feb 26, 2016 9:17 pm

http://m.cubs.mlb.com/news/article/1655 ... -victorino


With Fowler's return and the addition of Jason Heyward, where will Victorino fit? He's most likely considered a fifth outfielder, but that's OK for him.
"It's not about playing time, it's not about where things are, it's about winning," he said. "Obviously, for me, I have to win my job on the team, and from there be the best player I can be to help the Cubs win a championship."
"I'm used to seeing a Cubs logo since I was a child. To be able to put it on now, even with the situation the way it is, I'm excited for the opportunity in Spring Training."
Bryant did talk to Victorino about playing with the Cubs.
"[Victorino] won a couple World Series, and he said when he goes back to Philadelphia, everyone loves him there," Bryant said. "I think he wants to be part of a team that can do that again. We certainly have the right guys, and he's just another piece who is very important to us to make that run. He has that playoff experience and World Series experience, and it will help us young guys."
The deal is for $1 million plus $1 million in incentives if Victorino plays in the Majors, MLB Network's Jon Heyman reported.



If his health returns he'll probably secure the 5th outfielder spot. He's still an above average outfielder with some speed and pop. Scuzr has options. Small sample size but in link above it has two great plays Victoriano makes last year with the Angels. Sticking him in LF late in games with Fowler and Heyward covering the rest of the outfield should fun.
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