8 Halloween-scary trades that still haunt Phillies fans

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David Ortiz #34 and Shane Victorino #18 of the Boston Red Sox (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images) /

4. Traded OF Shane Victorino to the L.A. Dodgers for RHP Josh Lindblom, RHP Ethan Martin and player to be named or cash considerations.

July 31, 2012

When the Phillies dealt Shane Victorino at the July 2012 trade deadline, most fans knew that it was time to part ways with some of their most favorite veteran players to try to replenish the farm system.

But, to see Victorino go on to win his fourth career Gold Glove and second career World Series championship with the Boston Red Sox definitely caught the eyes of most Phillies fans. During the 2013 World Series against the St. Louis Cardinals, Victorino may have only slashed .154/.313/.231, but he did produce a single, double, and four RBI across the series; a series prior against the Detroit Tigers, he homered and produced five RBI in large part thanks to a grand slam.

Victorino would go on to play with the Los Angeles Dodgers (2012), Boston Red Sox (2013-15), and Los Angeles Angels (2015) to finish off his successful, 12-season career. Two-thirds of his career was spent in Philadelphia in which he was just two hits shy of 1,000.

Neither Josh Lindblom nor Ethan Martin never amounted to much in the majors, although the former pitched as recently as this past season for the Milwaukee Brewers. Lindblom also found considerable success overseas in Korea, including going a combined 35-7 with a sub-3.00 ERA between the 2018 and 2019 seasons. Martin, meanwhile, made just 17 career appearances in red pinstripes in 2013-14 and never pitched in the majors again.

Victorino remains dedicated to the Phillies fanbase and appeared at Citizens Bank Park in recent seasons for his official retirement ceremony, as well as the 10-year anniversary celebration of the 2008 World Series championship team. Both help make this trade less haunted.