Chase Utley Receiving Strong Interest From Blue Jays, Giants
Though Chase Utley wants to stay in Philadelphia, and can invoke his 10-and-5 rights if the Phillies tried to deal him, but Hardball Talk reports that that isn’t stopping the Giants and Blue Jays from giving their best shot at acquiring the veteran second baseman.
Toronto second basemen — a mix of Steve Tolleson, Brett Lawrie, Munenori Kawasaki, Ryan Goins, and a couple others — have posted a combined .254/.312/.365 batting line this season, and though the Giants just got Marco Scutaro back from the disabled list, they can’t count on him to play every day and stay healthy.
Utley is hitting .289/.347/.441 with eight home runs and 46 RBI in 93 games this season at age 35. “I guess we’d have to see at that point,” he told MLB.com’s Todd Zolecki in late June when asked about the possibility of being shopped at the July 31 trade deadline. “But I don’t plan on going anywhere.”
Chase Utley is making $15 million this season, owed $15 million next season, and holds $15 million vesting options for the 2016-2018 campaigns. They vest if he reaches 500 plate appearances in the year previous.