Add another name to the Cubs outfield mix. Today the Cubs announced that they have signed 35 year old Shane Victorino to a minor league deal worth $1M and carries another $1M worth of incentives (Per Jerry Crasnick). I’m not sure if Victorino will be a fit on the field for the Cubs. He will have to be able to field his position at a high level to make this roster and it remains to be seen if he still can. Victorino is another solid clubhouse addition that Theo and company have seen proof of in the past. He is a good guy and a good teammate so I’m sure if he doesn’t make the team he will still have a solid influence on the guys during camp.
Victorino has had a lengthy major league career and seems like he has been around forever. He made is major league debut with the Padres in 2003 before turning heads with the Phillies starting around 2006. Putting the bat on the ball has been a strength for the “flyin’ Hawaiian” throughout his career which definitely plays off the bench.
On paper this matchup looks, well, horrible for the Cubs. Luckily for the Cubs they don’t play these games on paper, that could be a good thing or a bad thing depending on how you look at it. Given the matchups this weekend the Cubs are at a severe disadvantage when it comes to pitching. This could be said for the whole season, but it hasn’t ever been as bad as this, with Dempster gone, and Garza shelved it could be a long series for Samardzija, Germano, and Coleman. If the Cubs want any shot at winning this series they are going to need to get outstanding performances from said starters as the offense will be hard pressed to put up very many runs. The Dodgers rank third in the National League with a 3.38 ERA, compared to the Cubs who have a 4.31 ERA good for 14th in the NL. The only good news for the Cubs right now is that the Dodgers come into this series reeling despite acquiring Shane Victorino and Hanley Ramirez before the trade deadline. They were just swept by the Diamondbacks and currently sit .5 game out of first with the D-Backs hot on their tail for second. It will be interesting to see which Cubs team finishes this series as Josh Vitters and Brett Jackson have both been rumored to be getting the call very soon.