Although you never want to see one of your favorite or best players leave in free agency, at least you usually get the advantage of his playing for a contract in his walk year.
That is not the case for the Philadelphia Phillies and centerfielder Shane Victorino this season.
His numbers are down across the board — and this in a year when they could really use his All-Star-caliber talent.
Here’s how Victorino’s numbers through June 30 of his walk year compare with the most recent Phillie outfielder to leave for a big free-agent contract, Jayson Werth in 2010:
Through June 30
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