Chase Utley has said many times before that he wants to finish out his contract with the Phillies — a contract that runs through 2018 via some rather complicated vesting options. But with Philly entering full rebuilding mode, might the 36-year-old second baseman begin to reconsider that stance?
Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe dropped this nugget in his Sunday notes column …
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 batted .270/.339/.407 with 11 home runs and 78 RBI in 155 games last season for the Phillies.
The six-time All-Star has 10-and-5 rights, so he holds veto power on any potential move.