Report: Giants Make Offer for Chase Utley
Chase Utley could be spending his final hours as a Philadelphia Phillies second baseman.
According to a San Francisco Chronicle report, the Giants have made an offer for Utley. Late Thursday night columnist Bruce Jenkins reported the offer on Twitter and said that Giants GM Bobby Evans was "just waiting to hear back" from the Phillies.
Jenkins also tweeted that Evans "doubts a deal goes down tonight."
An additional report from Andrew Baggerly has quoted Evans in saying there is "lots of by other trams as well."
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The Giants have been the most aggressive on a potential Utley trade with current second baseman Joe Panik on the disabled list with a recurring back issue. Utley would fill a void at second base and when Panik returns, he'd then rotate and platoon at first base.
Utley also owns an off season home in the Bay Area and would seemingly agree to waive his no trade rights for a deal to be completed.
The Giants enter the weekend still 3 1/2 games behind the Dodgers in NL West contention, while in a tight race for Wild Card seeding.
Utley, 36, still has visions of playing beyond this season and an agreement of future playing time would have to be worked out in addition to a $2 million buyout clause in his contract after this season.
A trade to the Giants could complicate things on that end as their infield appears to be set for next season. A trade to the Cubs, or Yankees would be a better fit as they are seen to have holes at that position.
Since returning from the disabled list, Utley has been showcased by the Phillies hitting lead off and playing at first base with 7 hits in 17 at bats. He has not hit a home run since before landing on the DL on June 24.
For players to be eligible for postseason play, they must be on major league rosters prior to midnight on August 31st.