ATLANTA - Shane Victorino sat by his locker and tried to ignore reality. The centerfielder had just gone 3-for-4 with a home run in a 6-2 loss to the Braves, which dropped the Phillies to 12 games under .500 and all but sealed Ruben Amaro Jr.'s plan to unload some of his assets before Tuesday's nonwaiver trade deadline. All indications are that Victorino is one of the more likely candidates to be traded, a move that would bring to a close one of the more improbable Phillies careers in recent memory.
A Rule 5 pick in December 2004, Victorino has positioned himself for a multiyear contract when he hits the free-agent market this offseason. He also figures to help a contending team, with Pittsburgh and Cincinnati both rumored to be interested. While Victorino entered the All-Star break hitting just .245 with a .311 on-base percentage and .369 slugging percentage, he is 20-for-56 with four doubles, three triples and a home run since then.