ESPN's Jayson Stark is reporting that Los Angeles is close to acquiring Shane Victorino form the Phillies. In exchanges, Philadelphia would get reliever Josh Lindblom and a player to be named later.
It's the second deal the Dodgers have made in the last few days. They traded for Marlins shortstop Hanley Ramirez last week.
Both Philadelphia and Miami are moving some of their key players, as both teams don't seem likely to make the playoffs. Victorino is a free agent at the end of the season, so the Phillies were looking to avoid losing him for nothing. The Marlins appear to be in the middle of another fire sale, looking to unload as much money as the can.
Victorino has remained productive as the Phillies struggle. In 101 games, he's batting .261 with nine home runs, 40 RBI and 24 stolen bases. He's 31 years old and has a lot of postseason experience, which is something that L.A. currently lacks.
Los Angeles might not be done after this move.
They have until 4 p.m. ET on Tuesday to complete any possible trades. They have been linked to the Cubs Alfonso Soriano, though a deal for him may be dead with the acquisition of Victorino. Chicago pitcher Ryan Dempster is also on the Dodgers radar.
It's been 24 years since the Dodgers have made it to the World Series, and they are making a push to return in 2012. L.A. got off to an extremely hot start this year, leading the MLB in wins for quite some time. They have somewhat fallen back to the pack and are tied with the Giants atop the NL West.
The Phillies were reportedly looking to deal Cole Hamels as well, but those talks have ended after the starter signed a long-term contract. Cliff Lee has also been mentioned as a possible player that Philadelphia might move.