The Philadelphia Phillies are said to be in the market to trade just about anybody on their roster, a list which apparently includes Chase Utley.
The longtime second baseman has been a fixture in the City of Brotherly Love but at 35, the Phillies have little use for Utley as they likely look to re-build.
That could lead to significant trade interest as multiple teams vying for playoff contention seem to be in need of a veteran presence at second base, a list which could include the San Francisco Giants, Oakland A’s and possibly the St. Louis Cardinals according to the New York Post.
His reputation is as a gamer, so he would be in demand. Know this: When the Yankees realized Robinson Cano was leaving last offseason, they called the Phils on Utley,” says Joel Sherman. “Put him on either Bay Area team — the A’s or Giants — and I think that club is the World Series favorite. The same might be said if the Cardinals got him.”
Both Oakland and San Francisco could use a second baseman, especially the Giants who, despite some unexpected pop from Brandon Hicks, haven’t been getting much else from their injury replacement to Marco Scutaro.
The Cardinals have Kolten Wong manning second base, so they’re the least in need of the three teams though it remains to be seen if any of the mentioned teams would be willing to meet the Phillies price, which is likely a talented minor leaguer and paying the remainder of Utley’s $10 million dollar contract next season.