Veteran outfielder Shane Victorino to rehab at Cubs facility
Shane Victorino talked to the beat writers prior to Friday’s exhibition game at Sloan Park. Victorino will stay at the Cubs facility in Mesa and rehab in extended Spring Training when the regular season starts.
Victorino said once healthy he will decide at that point if he will report to Triple-A Iowa or not. According to multiple reports, Victorino will probably spend a month with Iowa when he’s ready to play.
Reports have not surfaced on how the Cubs will handle his contract.
Victorino said there are “so many details” that still have to be worked out. Victorino is discussing terms of his contract with Theo Epstein.
When Victorino signed the minor league contract on Feb. 26, it was believed his deal was for $1 million if he made the team out of Spring Training and could earn another $1 million in performance bonuses.
According to the Tribune, the contract Victorino signed called for a base salary of $1 million as previously reported. Victorino had the chance to earn an additional $1.2 million in roster and performance bonuses and the deal included a $100,000 retention bonus.
Victorino said when he signed minor league contract he had no intention of playing in the minors if he did not make the team out of camp. That could change if he is able to recreate Spring Training over the next month as planned.
“There’s no promise on their side, no promise on my side, but I’m grateful for the opportunity and I’m hoping it’ll all work out and it’ll be great to go and have fun and be part of something special,” Victorino said Friday. “If not, just to show to myself I can play the game again.”