Jul 4, 2013; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Philadelphia Phillies second baseman Chase Utley (26) in the on-deck circle against the Pittsburgh Pirates during the sixth inning at PNC Park. The Philadelphia Phillies won 6-4. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

MLB Trade Rumors 2013: Toronto Blue Jays Want Philadelphia Phillies Chase Utley


Despite sitting in the cellar of the American League East, the Toronto Blue Jays consider themselves buyers at the MLB trade deadline as they’re only 6.5 games out of the American League Wild Card slot, 5 out of the second slot.

So where are they looking to improve? In the infield, specifically second base.

According to ESPN’s Buster Olney, the Jays are open to acquiring Philadelphia Phillies second baseman Chase Utley if the Phillies make him available.

The Blue Jays are looking for upgrades in their rotation and at second base, and they will be interested in Chase Utley should the Phillies make him available.

The Phillies currently sit 8.5 games behind in the National League East and in the National League Wildcard races and could become a seller with a lofty payroll. However, the Phillies recently said that Utley would not be made available for sale even if the Phillies decide to become sellers.

And pigs fly.

I’m not sure if the Phillies will decide to part with a few of their expensive trade assets, but if they do, expect Utley to be one despite their vocal reluctance to move him.

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