Chase Utley “will eventually give in to a deal”


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.

White Sox shut down Lucas Giolito for remainder of season

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The Athletic’s James Fegan reports that the White Sox are shutting down starter Lucas Giolito for the remainder of a season. An MRI revealed a mild lat strain, which typically comes with a three- to four-week recovery timetable. The third-place, 65-84 White Sox have nothing left to play for, so it makes sense to play it safe with their prized young hurler.

Giolito, 25, had a breakout season. He went 14-9 with a 3.41 ERA and a 228/57 K/BB ratio in 176 2/3 innings. He made his first All-Star team and will likely earn a few downballot votes for the AL Cy Young Award.

Giolito was scheduled to start Tuesday’s series opener against the Twins. Ross Detwiler will start in his place opposite Martín Pérez.