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Shane Victorino | Outfielder | #18

Team: Chicago Cubs
Age / DOB:  (35) / 11/30/1980
Ht / Wt:  5'9" / 190
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
College: None
Drafted: 1999 / Rd. 6 (0) / LA
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Shane Victorino is not planning on retiring, per Chris Cotillo of MLB Daily Dish.
Victorino was released from his minor league contract with the Cubs on Monday after batting .233/.324/.367 through nine games with Triple-A Iowa. The 35-year-old is looking for another opportunity, but interest figures to be limited at this stage of his career. May 24 - 12:23 PM

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Cubs released OF Shane Victorino.

Victorino suffered a calf injury in the spring and was batting just .233/.324/.367 through his first nine games with Triple-A Iowa. It's fair to wonder if the 35-year-old has reached the end of the line.
May 23 - 4:59 PM

Cubs re-signed OF Shane Victorino to a minor league contract.

Victorino was given his release on Tuesday morning, but it was just a formality. The veteran outfielder has been limited to just four games this spring due to a calf strain, so he'll continue rehabbing at extended spring training before reporting to Triple-A Iowa.
Mar 29 - 2:59 PM

Cubs released OF Shane Victorino.

Victorino has been limited to four games this spring due to a calf strain, but the Cubs have offered him the opportunity to keep rehabbing in extended spring training before joining Triple-A Iowa. It's unclear whether he'll accept.
Mar 29 - 11:42 AM

Shane Victorino will remain in extended spring training after being diagnosed with a low Grade 2 strain in his left calf.

Victorino has been limited to just 10 Cactus League at-bats, so he'll stay back in Arizona for a while and essentially re-create spring training. The Cubs should have a spot for the veteran outfielder once he's ready physically, but the 35-year-old is a poor bet to remain healthy and productive for an extended period of time.
Mar 25 - 2:29 PM

Cubs manager Joe Maddon said Shane Victorino (calf) won't be on the Cubs' Opening Day roster.

There was no guarantee Victorino would have made the roster anyway, but a calf injury early in camp sabotaged any chance he had of being with the Cubs for Opening Day. The Cubs offered to let him rehab in Arizona for a month before joining Triple-A Iowa but Victorino hasn't made a decision yet. The veteran hasn't had a productive season in the majors since 2013.
Mar 24 - 7:05 PM

Cubs manager Joe Maddon said Shane Victorino is still dealing with a calf injury.

He hasn't appeared in a Cactus League game since March 8 and it doesn't sound like he's made much progress. Victorino's lingering calf issue won't help his chances of making the Opening Day roster.
Mar 19 - 6:58 PM

Shane Victorino (calf) has been scratched from the Cubs' Cactus League lineup on Monday.

Well, that was quick. Victorino had been penciled in as the Cubs' designated hitter against the Padres, but his sore left calf apparently needs at least one more day of rest. Dan Vogelbach will DH instead.
Mar 14 - 11:01 AM

Shane Victorino (calf) is serving as the Cubs' designated hitter Monday versus the Padres.

Victorino was given the weekend off to nurse a sore left calf. The veteran outfielder is trying to earn a spot on the Chicago bench this spring, but the surprise re-signing of Dexter Fowler severely damaged the odds of that happening. Victorino will probably either opt out of his minor league deal with the Cubs at the end of camp or accept a spot at Triple-A Iowa.
Mar 14 - 10:37 AM

Shane Victorino was scratched from Friday's lineup with a sore left calf.

I guess in hindsight we should be surprised that Victorino made it through four spring training games before getting hurt. It's unclear at this point how long this might set Victorino back.
Mar 11 - 1:55 PM

Cubs signed OF Shane Victorino to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.

One day after the surprise re-signing of Dexter Fowler, the Cubs have added another outfielder. Victorino is on a minor league deal (which is worth $1 million with $1 million more available in incentives, according to ESPN's Jerry Crasnick) but should virtually be assured of making the Opening Day roster, likely booting Matt Szczur back to Triple-A. The oft-injured 35-year-old has batted only .246/.306/.329 over the last two seasons while being limited to 101 games due to a variety of ailment. He'll back up at all three outfield spots.
Feb 26 - 9:49 AM

SB Nation's Chris Cotillo reports that Shane Victorino is still looking for a major league contract and "could close in on one in next few days."

Cotillo notes that the Indians were in on Victorino before they signed Rajai Davis and the Rangers are also interested, but only on a minor league deal. The Cubs have been speculated as a possible landing spot, although it's unclear whether they're willing to offer a guaranteed contract. Victorino, 35, has hit only .246/.306/.329 over the last two seasons while being limited to 101 games due to injury.
Feb 22 - 4:37 PM

SB Nation's Chris Cotillo reports that the Rangers have "looked into" Shane Victorino but appear to only be willing to offer a minor league deal.

Victorino turned 35 over the winter and has been injured and unproductive the last two seasons, so a minor league pact might be the best he can do. The Rangers are considering adding outfield depth in the wake of Josh Hamilton's ongoing knee issues, but they could wind up shooting a little higher than Victorino.
Feb 21 - 4:01 PM

John Boggs, the agent for Shane Victorino, said there have been inquiries on his client this winter but he has yet to receive an official offer.

The veteran outfielder, who is back to switch-hitting, claims that he's 100 percent healthy and ready to contribute for the 2016 season. The outfield market has been slow to develop this offseason and Victorino may have to wait until it thins out even more before he's able to find a suitable gig. He batted just .230/.308/.292 in 71 games between the Red Sox and Angels last season.
Source: Boston Globe
Jan 17 - 5:15 PM

USA Today's Bob Nightengale confirms that the Indians are interested in Shane Victorino.

Paul Hoynes of the Cleveland Plain-Dealer reported in late November that the two parties had been in touch. Victorino batted just .230/.308/.292 in 71 games this summer between the Red Sox and Angels and he turned 35 years old last week. But he should come pretty cheap and the Indians need outfield depth with Michael Brantley (shoulder) likely to miss the first month or two of the 2016 season.
Mon, Dec 7, 2015 03:58:00 PM

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Batters
PosRoleName
C1Willson Contreras
2Miguel Montero
3David Ross
4Tim Federowicz
1B1Anthony Rizzo
2B1Ben Zobrist
2Tommy La Stella
SS1Addison Russell
2Munenori Kawasaki
3B1Kris Bryant
2Javier Baez
3Christian Villanueva
LF1Kyle Schwarber
2Jorge Soler
3Chris Coghlan
CF1Dexter Fowler
2Matt Szczur
3Albert Almora
RF1Jason Heyward
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Jake Arrieta
2Jon Lester
3John Lackey
4Jason Hammel
5Kyle Hendricks
6Aaron Brooks
7Dallas Beeler
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Aroldis Chapman
2Hector Rondon
3Pedro Strop
4Mike Montgomery
5Joe Smith
6Trevor Cahill
7Carl Edwards Jr.
8Travis Wood
9Justin Grimm
10Zac Rosscup
11Rob Zastryzny
12Felix Pena
13Jake Buchanan
14Spencer Patton