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Blue Jays, Giants “taking their best shot” at Chase Utley

Jul 20, 2014, 10:58 AM EDT

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Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe drops the following blurb in his weekly Sunday notes column

Chase Utley, 2B, Phillies — 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.

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 the Giants just got Marco Scutaro back from the disabled list but 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.”

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.

  1. gothapotamus90210 - Jul 20, 2014 at 11:08 AM

    Toronto would never happen due to the tax impact as well as Utley’s knees on astroturf.

    • proudlycanadian - Jul 20, 2014 at 3:11 PM

      Look at the source. Nick Buffuno makes things up.

  2. sfp311 - Jul 20, 2014 at 11:17 AM

    I wonder how much of his salary Philly would be willing to eat. Cause at $15 million on astroturf he becomes a pretty big liability.

    • DelawarePhilliesFan - Jul 20, 2014 at 11:41 AM

      The health issue takes care of itself risk wise – the only thing he is guaranteed at this point if $10 mil next year plus $2 mil buyout – though he is certainly on pace to kick next years to $15 mil. He has to get to 500 PA each year to kick in at $15 mil the following, so if he his hurt, he doesn’t get anything

    • dakotaandotter - Jul 21, 2014 at 6:35 AM

      why should they eat any of his salary since it’s based on performance and he’s performing!

  3. xmatt0926x - Jul 20, 2014 at 11:36 AM

    He lives in San Fran area in offseason and Toronto plays on turf. It’s been a medical marvel that he has been able to keep his knees going the last couple seasons. Based on that it’s not hard to see which of the two he would approve, if any.

  4. Cortez>Sapp - Jul 20, 2014 at 12:20 PM

    Kyle Crick and Heath Hembree for Utley and Papelbon.

    • skerney - Jul 21, 2014 at 3:14 AM

      Gary Brown, Edwin Escobar, George Kontos, and PTBNL for Utley, Revere and cash.

  5. canadatude - Jul 20, 2014 at 12:44 PM

    Don’t go after an old man, Dot T.

    • baberuthslegs - Jul 20, 2014 at 2:17 PM

      No, you dot the i

  6. phillysports1 - Jul 20, 2014 at 2:22 PM

    An old man that has better numbers than ALL of your shortstops , second basemen’s third basemen’s COMBINE.

    • proudlycanadian - Jul 20, 2014 at 4:03 PM

      With 2 hits today, Kawasaki has his BA up to .294 on the season. He has become Toronto’s primary second baseman and is fielding the position very well. I doubt that the Jays are going after Utley very hard. I also doubt that Utley wants to be traded. As far as Nick Carfado is concerned, the Jays won’t give him the time of day; however, that has never stopped him making up stories about the Jays.

  7. scoochpooch - Jul 20, 2014 at 2:37 PM

    Supreme failure will result if he comes over to the AL.

  8. jazynaz - Jul 20, 2014 at 2:37 PM

    i hope to hear that the A’s are involved in trade talks with utley and other good 2nd basemen (zobrist), since they desperately need an upgrade for the final playoff push. hurry up billy beane, hire away! go A’s!

  9. bigdicktater - Jul 20, 2014 at 6:04 PM

    I like Scoots, but the Giants don’t need another 35+ guy taking a roster spot and money away from what they really need: another starting pitcher.

    • greymares - Jul 20, 2014 at 6:59 PM

      The Phillies have those too. Who do you want and for what price?

  10. courtjester1234 - Jul 20, 2014 at 6:58 PM

    Seems like only yesterday Harry Kalas was introducing us to the new 2nd baseman for the Phillies. And now it seems like a hundred years ago when they won it all. I never want to hold anyone back from doing what they want and I’ll cheer any of these guys if they get traded to a contender…except Crapplebumm

  11. provguard - Jul 20, 2014 at 8:47 PM

    Let Utley stay in Philadelphia. He doesn’t seem to want to go anywhere… Chase and teammates brought the Phillies to where they are, so let them sink into oblivion.

  12. girlsknowsportstoo - Jul 21, 2014 at 9:07 AM

    Utley is staying in Philly. He is their Jeter. Contract is in-line for his position and how he has performed last 1 1/2 seasons. As for the Giants, you took a broken down the Phillies’ FA Pat Burrell and rode his bat to the WS. He couldn’t catch water in a glass.

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