With the Philadelphia Phillies preparing for a potential fire sale this month and likely to sell off some of their more attractive players, one player who has been under some speculation as his whereabouts for the future is Chase Utley.
The All Star second basemen possesses 10-5 no-trade rights in his current deal with the team and he's been very firm on his desire to remain in Philadelphia.
However, as Randy Miller of NJ.com reported on Wednesday, the Yankees are likely to be in the mix for the 35-year-old second basemen.
"Sources say that aside from the teams mentioned before, the (New York) Yankees and (Toronto) Blue Jays are likely to be interested in Utley as well."
The thing with Utley is that he might be more enticed to waive his no-trade clause to return home in California for a contending team like the San Francisco Giants or Oakland A's; both of which could use second basemen help.
"The Bay Area also offers two opportunities for Utley to leave the last-place Phillies for a powerhouse club, as the AL West-leading Oakland A's have baseball's best record while the NL West-contending San Francisco Giants are good enough to make a run at a third World Series championship in five seasons."
It would make sense for the Yankees to make a run at Utley, especially since it hasn't been a great year for Brian Roberts and he has made a lot of errors in the field and some have wondered if they could release Roberts if they could acquire someone like Utley.
Utley is currently hitting .288 with eight home runs and 47 RBI in 96 games for the Phillies and was part of trade talks last summer around baseball, but instead of being dealt, was re-signed to a two-year deal with vesting options with the Phillies, but with the Phillies in no shape to contend anytime soon, it would benefit the Phillies and Ruben Amaro, Jr. to look into trading Utley.
While it would be a tremendous addition for the Yankees to land Utley, they seem like the dark horse in this, especially if the Giants and A's get in the mix and try to convince Utley to move closer home for the rest of his career.
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