#Cubs sign Victorino
This offseason, Shane Victorino worked out with Dexter Fowler and Kris Bryant in Las Vegas. On Friday, the three were reunited as teammates after Victorino signed a Minor League deal with the Cubs.
“I’m just ready for an opportunity and hope to be part of something special,” Victorino said. “I’ve been blessed in my career to be part of a couple special championships in special cities. I tell myself, being a fan of the game, when there’s a 100-plus year drought in championships, you always want to be the first. That’s the goal.”
Victorino, 35, has two World Series rings, winning with the Phillies in 2008 and with the Red Sox in 2013. The Cubs, as most of their fans know, haven’t won a World Series since 1908.
With Fowler’s return and the addition of Jason Heyward, where will Victorino fit? He’s most likely considered a fifth outfielder in the mix but that’s OK for him.
“It’s not about playing time, it’s not about where things are, it’s about winning,” he said. “Obviously, for me, I have to win my job on the team and from there, be the best player I can be to help the Cubs win a championship.”
The deal is for $1 million plus $1 million in incentives if Victorino plays in the Majors, MLB Network’s Jon Heyman reported.
— Carrie Muskat