Update: Trade is official, according to Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports
— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) August 20, 2015
According to Jon Heyman of CBS Sports, the Los Angeles Dodgers have acquired second baseman Chase Utley from the Philadelphia Phillies for two “mid-level” prospects. The San Francisco Giants, Los Angeles Angels, and Chicago Cubs were also interested, says Heyman.
while deal hasn’t been signed yet, sides have agreed on deal of utley plus 2M to LA for 2 minor leaguers.
— Jon Heyman (@JonHeymanCBS) August 19, 2015
Utley, 36, is hitting .217/.284/.333 this season, but has dealt with hamstring injuries all year. Since he returned from the disabled list August 7, he is hitting .484/.485/.742 in 33 plate appearances. It is a small sample size, but it’s obvious scouts of the Dodgers are seeing something they like.
The Dodgers’ starting second baseman, Howie Kendrick, might be out until mid-September with a left hamstring strain, so Utley will have nearly a month of playing time to show he deserves a new contract this winter.