Giants general manager says they’ve made Phillies an offer for Chase Utley

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Confirming various reports, Giants general manager Bobby Evans told Chris Haft of MLB.com that the team has made a trade offer to the Phillies for six-time All-Star second baseman Chase Utley.

Utley has the ability to block any trade and there’s speculation that he wants assurances–either playing time or financial–from a prospective new team before agreeing to a move.

Utley hit just .179 in 65 games before going on the disabled list, but he’s shown some signs of life since returning last week by going 7-for-17 (.412) with three doubles in five games.

He’s owed about $4 million for the remainder of this season and Utley’s contract includes a $15 million option for 2016 that will fail to vest based on his limited playing time.

San Francisco second baseman Joe Panik is currently on the disabled list with a back injury, but it’s not expected to be season-ending and the assumption is that the Giants want Utley for a part-time role.

José Ramírez has a broken hamate bone, likely out for the year

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José Ramírez had to leave last night’s game against the Royals in the middle of his first-inning after he injured his wrist on a swing. This morning the Indians determined that he has a fractured right hamate bone. He has been placed in the Injured List and his season is almost certainly over.

Ramírez started the season slowly, but in the past two months he had turned it on to help fuel Cleveland’s surge. He hit .320/.340/.680 with nine homers and 25 driven in in July and was hitting .321/.372/.705 with six homers and 20 driven this month. Basically, he’s been a better version of the Ramírez who won the Silver Slugger Award and came in third in the MVP balloting in 2018.

The Indians have called up Yu Chang to take Ramírez’s spot on the roster. He and Mike Freeman will likely get most of the reps at third base going forward.

Just a tremendous loss for the Indians.