Monday, July 8, 2013
Phils inclined to keep Utley?
By Doug Mittler
Would the Philadelphia Phillies be willing to deal one of the more popular players in franchise history in Chase Utley?
The Phillies are three games below .500, and general manager Ruben Amaro recently dropped the hint that no player is untouchable. “Even though he might be the most popular player, if there are things we have to do with some of these popular players that are going to make our club better, then we have to keep our minds open," Amaro told Ryan Lawrence of the Philadelphia Daily News.
Utley turns 35 in December and will be a free agent after the season, so a deal should not be out of the question. The Royals and Dodgers are among the teams linked to Utley in the past week.
One Phillies official, however, indicated to Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe that the club may want to keep Utley around as part of the rebuilding process. Cafardo adds the Phillies would rather find a new home for Jimmy Rollins, but the shortstop has a no-trade clause.