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Report: Giants, Blue Jays Attempting to Land Chase Utley

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According to a report by Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe, the Toronto Blue Jays and San Francisco Giants are the two teams most interested in trading for Phillies second baseman Chase Utley.

Here’s what Cafardo had to say:

“Right now it doesn’t appear that Utley is going anywhere because he can invoke his 10-5 rights and it looks as if he wants to remain in Philadelphia. But there’s time. And it hasn’t stopped teams such as the Blue Jays and Giants from taking their best shot, and they likely will through the end of the month.”

As Cafardo points out, Utley’s 10-5 designation—10+ years in the MLB, the last 5+ of which were with his current team—allow him to veto any trade, and it appears Chase is not ready to leave the City of Brotherly Love. He signed a 2-year, $27 million contract extension last summer to remain with the Phils through 2015.

After a string of five straight years making the All-Star Game from 2006 to 2010, Utley struggled in 2011 and 2012 due to a combination of seemingly declining skills and injuries. Over the past two years, however, he has had a resurgence at the plate, hitting over .285 with an OPS over .800.

The Blue Jays have not gotten much out of starting second baseman Munenori Kawasaki, and an injury to Marco Scutaro has left much to be desired at that position in San Francisco as well. Utley would be a nice upgrade for two teams who are in the thick of tight division races.

 

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Categories: Beat Writing, Phillies

Author:Manav Khandelwal

I am the founder of Khandyman Sports, and follow all Philadelphia pro sports teams religiously. I also write for the Hoop76, covering the Sixers for ESPN, and am a credentialed Flyers reporter for Main Line Media News.

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