Will the Phillies Deal Chase Utley this Season?
Some baseball executives tell Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe that they believe Chase Utley "will eventually give in to a deal" and waive his no-trade clause.
On Friday's Sports Bash, I asked ESPN.com Senior baseball writer Jayson Stark about the possibility of a Utley trade.
"I haven't sensed that there is any change," Stark said on the Sports Bash on Utley's mind being changed about being traded. "But he hasn't lived through the season yet. This is going to be the toughest season he's ever been a part of - and that takes a toll. I don't care what ya say about, we know what we're getting into, until you live it everyday, you have no idea what you're getting into. The last 18 games in spring training they won four games, if its that kind of season, I think Chase might be willing to change his stance. Right now, he only wants to go on a perfect deal. As this season goes along and circumstances change its possible his mind could change I don't think we can rule that out."
6. Chase Utley, 2B, Phillies — The feeling among some baseball executives is that Utley will eventually give in to a deal as the losing escalates in Philly. Utley, who has a no-trade clause, could be attracted to West Coast teams such as LA (both teams), San Francisco, or Oakland. He’s still a good player who could make an impact.
Utley had a very solid spring, hitting .419 with four home runs, after a solid 2014 where he hit .270 with 11 homers and 78 RBI in 2014, but has resisted being traded in the past, saying back in February he wanted to remain with the team.
He has 10-and-5 no-trade rights and has always maintained a desire to stay in Philadelphia.
"For as much respect as I have for the organization, if they ever came to me and asked me [to consider a trade], I would have to listen, but I don’t think much will change," Utley said back at the start of spring training.
The 36-year-old is owed $10 million in 2015 and has $15 million vesting options each of the next three seasons after that.
(Listen to ESPN.com Sr. Baseball writer Jayson Stark discuss the possibility of trading Chase Utley)