Originally posted on Phillies Networks  |  Last updated 3/2/12

Shane Victorino is another of the Phillies key players with an expiring contract after 2012. He is seeking a five-year deal with the Phillies, and hopes to have an extension by the end of Spring Training. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

The Phillies’ free agent future may be resting heavily on what happens with Cole Hamels, but another star is also in the final year of his contract.

Shane Victorino entered the season with the same vibrant spirit he brings to many Phillies games, but he does want to make it clear, he does not want to let this season be his last in Philadelphia.

“Why not make it happen now?” Victorino 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.”

Victorino said his agents have been in touch with the Phillies, but at the moment nothing is close. In fact, the Phillies haven’t really matched Victorino’s requests.

“I look at it this way,” Victorino said. “If it’s a significant difference, I have to weigh my options. I obviously love playing in Philly. They made me who I am. That sits in the back of my mind. But I also understand there’s a window in this game. Age and time comes into play. When I say I don’t want to go anywhere — yeah, I call this home and I want to finish my career here — but we’ll see how it goes. I won’t say I won’t take a hometown discount, but I also will say I want to maximize my opportunity with not only what I’ve accomplished as an individual, but as part of a team.” Victorino wants to stay in Philadelphia, but wants a five-year deal. “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. I’d like five years, yeah. Why wouldn’t I? I signed for three. Why wouldn’t I want the next one to be longer? My agents say I can get a five-year deal on the market. Why not trust them?”

Shane Victorino is entering his eighth season with the Phillies. He hit .279 with 17 home runs and 61 RBIs in 2011. (AP Photo/Tom Mihalek)

Victorino said those lines yesterday, and today, he was a little bit cautious about his words. But Victorino was still sticking to his initial demands.

I’d like to,” Victorino said. “I’m not saying this will be my last one. It might be. Who knows? What I’m saying is, why not finish it here? I made it seem like I want a five-year deal, but I’d love to stay.”

“Basically, what I want, I’d like to get something done now rather than later,” Victorino said. “That’s what the basis of this whole thing is. I want to do something now, to see if we can come to terms on something. I’m not saying I don’t want to hit free agency. Free agency is what every athlete dreams of, maximizing their value.”

“So why would I want to avoid that chance? Why not maximize what I have now, what’s laid out in front of me? An opportunity to play for a winning team that I’ve been a part of. That’s what I’m trying to get at. I’m not saying I’m going to get a five-year deal. I mean, who knows? Who says I can’t get a seven-year deal?”

So, for Victorino, the ultimate goal is to get a contract done. His main goal is to know his future with the Phillies is secure by the end of Spring Training, and while that’s a tough task, it isn’t something the Phillies couldn’t pull off.

The Phillies have been a team that know which pieces fit. Victorino is just another one of those pieces that hasn’t changed during their recent success. And as long as that success continues to be a part of the future, Victorino just wants to stay on the ride for the long haul.

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