Based on the response by a couple of teams that have tried to obtain Chase Utley, it appears that the second baseman is not available.
Jon Heyman of CBS Sports reports that two general managers were told by the Philadelphia Phillies that Utley was not on the market. Both the star and the team don’t want to part ways.
Two general managers with interest in the Phillies star say the Phillies have informed them that Utley isn’t going anywhere.
The Phillies are trying to sign Utley to an extension, as they consider him their “franchise player,” and there’s hope it can get done since Utley is said to love the Phillies. While Philadephia is listening on other star players — including Cliff Lee – they are apparently focusing today only an extension for Utley.
The 10-year veteran has spent his entire career with the Phillies. He has a .287 batting average in his career, along with 212 total home runs and 775 RBIs. This has already been his healthiest season since 2009; in the past three years, he missed a total of 185 games. This season, he’s already just seven games shy of his 2012 total of 83.