Sources have confirmed that Shane Victorino is set to receive a three-year extension, which would buyout two years of arbitration eligibility and first year of free agency. The deal is believed to be worth $22 million.
Beerleaguer: Twice a Rule 5 pick, the Flyin' Hawaiian, 29, traveled a longer road to reach this point than many major leaguers, and has been just as vital to the club's success as anyone. To me, players like Vic and Jayson Werth are why the Phillies got over the hump. So rather than make it a year-to-year issue, the Phillies ignore service time and gladly pick up the tab to reward their All-Star, Gold Glove center fielder. It's the same type of gesture they gave many of his teammates, including Joe Blanton earlier today and Ryan Howard and Cole Hamels last season. It's the price of success, and something the Phils, basically, had to do if they wanted to stay true to this group. The deal will reportedly be finalized Friday. We'll have more tomorrow.