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Five moves that need to happen soon

3/16/2015
Chase Utley, an L.A. area native and UCLA alum, would be a perfect fit for the Angels' 2B hole. Rich Schultz/Getty Images

Each spring training has phases, and not just the obvious ones (how many guys are playing on the big club, etc.). There are also transaction phases, and as we approach the midway point of spring training, we're looking at the time we'd see contract extensions to lock down big names or last-ditch trades to fill roster holes.

Let's get that ball rolling by laying out five moves I'd like to see happen between now and the end of spring training.

1. Los Angeles Angels acquire 2B Chase Utley from the Philadelphia Phillies for 2B Alex Yarbrough and P Victor Alcantara

The Angels have quite the competition going on right now for the second-base starting job between Grant Green, Josh Rutledge, Johnny Giavotella, Taylor Featherston and Yarbrough. But one thing that has become obvious is none of these guys is close to filling the vacancy left by the traded Howie Kendrick, especially for a team expecting to contend for a World Series title.