The Los Angeles Dodgers have acquired long-time Philadelphia Phillies second baseman Chase Utley in exchange for two minor-league prospects, per multiple reports.
The Los Angeles Dodgers have acquired Chase Utley.
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The Philadelphia Phillies have reportedly agreed to trade Utley to Los Angeles. In return, the Phillies will receive two minor-league prospects and $2 million in cash. CBS Sports' Jon Heyman first reported on the development.
The Phillies are sending $4 million to the Dodgers to offset the remaining $6 million they owe him in 2015. Utley will make $15 million this season, per ESPN's Mark Saxon.
Heyman says the deal is not yet official. Nonetheless, both side have already agreed to the deal. Saxon's source told him the trade will be official "within 24 hours."
The Dodgers are also not going to extend Utley's contract. This will expire at season's end, per CBS Sports.
Heyman also notes Utley's full no-trade clause. Utley is a native of Long Beach, Ca. He singled out the Dodgers as his top choice. The Los Angeles Angels, San Francisco Giants and Chicago Cubs also wanted Utley.
Utley has at least 10 years of experience. He also spent the last five with the same team. Because of these, he can veto any trade, per CSNPhilly.com.
The Philadelphia Inquirer's Jake Kaplan also confirmed the agreement between Utley and the Dodgers. Utley was in the dugout for the game against the Toronto Blue Jays on Wednesday. Phillies interim manager Pete Mackanin did not include him in the lineup.
Mackanin commented on the Utley trade rumors, per Kaplan:
"He's going to get ready for the game like he normally does. Until I hear that he's not with us, he's with us. I'm not playing him today. That was scheduled. Against a lefthander, I need to get at-bats for everybody.
"So that's not the reason he's not playing. He's going to get ready for the game and until we hear otherwise, he's a Phillie."
Just a day earlier, Phillies manager Ruben Amaro told CBS Philly that Utley is staying:
"As I told you before, it is very likely he'll be here in Philadelphia through the end of the year and then we'll see what happens after that.
"He's swinging the bat well for us. Since he's come back, he's obviously played very well and swinging the bat well and looks much more closely to what he has done in the past for us.
"And that's a good sign to see. Pete will play him as he sees fit."
Once Utley suits up for the Dodgers, he will play with shortstop Jimmy Rollins again, per Saxon.
Rollins told Saxon he's looking forward to the opportunity:
"I think it'd be a lot of fun. One, that was his team. He went to school over at UCLA, plays well over at Dodger Stadium. Actually, beats up the Dodgers wearing a Phillies uniform.
"If everything goes through and he's here, it'd be nice to see him playing some home games there at a place he's comfortable hitting."
Howie Kendrick's left hamstring injury piqued the Dodgers' interest in Utley. Enrique Hernandez has filled in for Kendrick. He has batted .455 in his absence, per Saxon.
Utley's impending move to Los Angeles will allow Hernandez to explore other positions. Saxon foresees him taking over at center field for Joc Pederson. The rookie outfielder has batted just .139 in August, per ESPN.
Utley has struggled at the plate this season. He has batted just .217. He has gone 15-for-31 since he returned from an ankle injury, per ESPN.
The Phillies traded starter Cole Hamels to the Texas Rangers on July 29. A total of eight players figured in the deal, per CBS Sports.
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