Mattingly would welcome Victorino back to LA

Mattingly would welcome Victorino back to LA

LOS ANGELES -- Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said he would be all for re-signining Shane Victorino who, according to a report from ESPNLosAngeles.com, told his agents he doesn't want be a two- or three-month rental.

"He fits for really what we've missed," said Mattingly, who added Victorino's ability to play all three outfield positions and hit from both sides makes him very valuable. "We were looking for a guy up front at the top of the order. When Dee [Gordon] struggled, we didn't really have a leadoff guy."

In the meantime, Mattingly said there is other stuff going on right now more important than worrying about next year. He added if he was in Victorino's shoes, he would want to make sure this is absolutely where he wants to be following this season.

Victorino has gone 4-for-21 in his first five games with the Dodgers, but he has added energy to the clubhouse while stabilizing the leadoff spot.