The Chicago Cubs have signed Shane Victorino to a minor league contract and he has been invited to Spring Training with the club in Mesa, Arizona.
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Chicago Cubs Sign Shane Victorino
Victorino has hit .275 across 10 seasons with the Philadelphia Phillies, Los Angeles Dodgers, Boston Red Sox, and Los Angeles Angels to go along with a .340 on base percentage and 231 career steals. Over the course of his career, the two time All-Star has proven his worth in the field as well, having collected four Gold Glove Awards.
This is a low risk move for the Cubs, in that if Victorino makes the big league team, he will be paid $1 million with the potential to make an additional $1 million in incentives. Although “The Flyin’ Hawaiian” has been banged up the last few years, if he does make the team, this could be a very underrated signing for the Cubs.
Victorino would provide additional outfield depth for the team, and he could be used as a late game defensive sub without hesitation given his background. Perhaps most importantly, Victorino was a key contributor on two World Series champions, Philadelphia in 2008 and Boston in 2013.
Chicago is a popular choice to build on last season’s success and potentially play for the World Series. Bringing Shane Victorino into the fold will only help the young squad build on the experience they gained from playing in the NLCS last season.
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Main Photo Caption: ARLINGTON, TX – OCTOBER 4: Shane Victorino #18 of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim hits a double during the second inning of the game against the Texas Rangers at Globe Life Park in Arlington on October 4, 2015 in Arlington, California. (Photo by Matt Brown/Angels Baseball LP/Getty Images)