Where will Chase Utley play in 2016?

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After playing nearly his entire MLB career with the Phillies, until a few months ago when traded to the Dodgers, Chase Utley wants to finish his career playing in his home state.

According to ESPN’s Jayson Stark, the Padres, Dodgers, and Angels have shown the most interest in free-agent second baseman Chase Utley.

Stark also reported that close friends of Utley stated he prefers to play in his home state of California so this could be a tactic to start a bidding war amongst the interested teams that make the most sense for him.

It’s a bit surprising for the San Diego Padres to have strong interest due to the amount of depth they have in the organization, with Jedd GyorkoJose PirelaCory SpangenbergYangervis Solarte and recently acquired Carlos Asuaje unless there are plans to make a trade very soon. The Angels could look to use Utley both at second base and designated hitter next season depending on match-ups, while the Dodgers could use Utley as a short-term stopgap to prospect Jose Peraza, who debuted with the Dodgers in 2015 but received just 25 plate appearances in the Majors.

According to ESPN’s Mark Saxon, the Dodgers covet Utley as a left-handed batter and backup infielder.

Utley appeared in 34 games for Los Angeles, and struggled with a .202 batting average.

 

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3 Responses

  1. Steve

    So all three teams are lining up to see who can sign the dirtiest player in baseball. As a longtime fan I am disgusted.

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    • Steve

      I meant a long-time fan of baseball. Obviously I’m not a Chase Utl;ey fan.

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  2. Gabriel Acevedo

    Utley is a lot like Carlos Gomez…if he’s not on your team, you hate his guts. But if he’s on your team, you love him to death. The Dodgers dont go back to NY, with a shot to win another game in that playoff series, if not for Utley. Was it a dirty play?…oh, yea it was, no doubt. But was anyone on his team complaining?…no, they werent. Id love it, if he came to SD..This town, cant afford to be too picky. Utley has a ring..this team has never won a WS.

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