Despite two Chase Utley homeruns last night, the Phillies fell to the Dodgers in the bottom of the ninth. The loss dropped the Phils to 39-43 on the season and 8.5 games out of the NL East. So naturally trade speculation for veterans like Chase Utley, especially since he is in a contract year, is going to come about. And it appears the speculation may be beginning to gain some traction as we approach July.
One team that has at least discussed acquiring the Phillies’ Chase Utley is the Royals. Kansas City would love to stabilize their lineup and/or second base situation with someone of Utley’s caliber.
Utley is having a resurgence in 2013, batting .284 with 11 homeruns and 30 RBI’s. At the same time, Chase is 34 years-old and given his recent knee issues and the fact that the Phillies have both Freddy Galvis and Cesar Hernandez waiting in the wings, exploring the potential Utley trade makes sense. But as Zach Links points out in the post, Ruben Amaro doesn’t appear to be on board with that plan.
Meanwhile, Phillies GM Ruben Amaro Jr. says that he wants the second baseman to retire in a Phillies uniform, if possible.
I love Chase and would love to keep him here for the rest of his career. And Ryan Howard, Jimmy Rollins, Carlos Ruiz and the entire 2008 World Series team. But as Sam Hinkie showed us Thursday, sometimes you need to move on from popular players because it is the best thing for the teams future.