The Victorino signing means two-thirds of the Phillies outfield will remain in tact for 2011, with all indications pointing towards the team allowing Jayson Werth to test free agency following the 2010 season. (Raul Ibañez is locked up through 2011.)
It was also revealed today the Phillies had reached a tentative agreement with pitcher Jose Contreras. The Cuban All-Star has previously pitched with Yankees, White Sox and Rockies, and he's expected to compete for the 5th starter's job out of Spring Training.
They're Here: I opened my first packs of 2010 Topps this afternoon (thank you Target) and my first impression is - I like them. And I think, just maybe, I like them more than any recent Topps base set offering. I'm a fan of colorful baseball card sets, and this one definitely qualifies in that category. The team script logo on the front is a nice touch, although it bugs me that some of the teams list a city while others do not. The backs are nice and clean with easy to read card numbers and career statistics. The set will undoubtedly look nice once it makes it way into 9-pocket pages. I'm still debating whether to collect the set this year, or just wait for the factory set to become available this summer.