Shane Victorino is entering the last season of a three-year deal with the Philadelphia Phillies, and he's not shy about his intentions to stay with the team past 2012. Victorino wants a five-year extension, according to Comcast SportsNet Philadelphia.
"I’ll be 32 on the market," Victorino said. "I can go another five years. I would think even more. I want to go until I’m 40. My agents say I can get a five-year deal on the market. Why not trust them?"
Victorino has earned three outfield Gold Gloves and two All-Star selections in his last four seasons. Last year he hit .279 with 17 homers, 27 doubles and a major league-leading 16 triples for the Phils.
This is the final season of Victorino's three-year, $22 million deal in Philly. While he could wait until the end of the season to talk about a long-term contract, he doesn't want to put it off. "Why not make it happen now?" he said. "I love this place. This is the place that gave me my chance. I’m a World Series champion in this city. That's stuff that forever will be remembered. I want to be here."