Thursday, January 29, 2015

Report: Blue Jays, Giants interested in Utley

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The Toronto Blue Jays and San Francisco Giants are the teams most interested in acquiring veteran second baseman Chase Utley from the Philadelphia Phillies, according to the Boston Globe.

Blue Jays second basemen have combined to hit just .254 this season. They have used Steve Tolleson, Brett Lawrie, Munenori Kawasaki and Ryan Goins, among others, at the position.

The Giants have also struggled to get production at second base. Marco Scutaro is back from the disabled list but they are not counting on him to be an everyday player this season.

Utley, 35, is batting .289 with eight home runs and 46 RBIs in 93 games this season. He is making $15 million this season and comes with a $15 million price tag for next year. He also has $15 million vesting options through 2018 if he reaches 500 plate appearances in the year prior.

Utley can invoke his trade clause and reject any potential deals. He told MLB.com in late June that he does not expect to be dealt by the July 31 waiver deadline.

"I guess we'd have to see at that point," he said. "But I don't plan on going anywhere."

The Phillies are in last place in the National League East and are expected to be sellers at the trade deadline.

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