Angels “exploring the possibility” of a trade for Chase Utley

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Thursday night Giants general manager Bobby Evans admitted that he’d made a trade offer to the Phillies for Chase Utley, but apparently there are other suitors for the six-time All-Star second baseman.

Alden Gonzalez of MLB.com reports that the Angels “are exploring the possibility” of trading for Utley, who has hit well in limited action since returning from the disabled list. Prior to going on the DL he hit just .179 in 65 games.

Johnny Giavotella has done a decent job as the Angels’ primary second baseman, hitting .271 with three homers and a .679 OPS in 112 games. It’s possible the Angels could be interested in platooning the right-handed-hitting Giavotella and left-handed-hitting Utley, or like the Giants they may be looking to acquire Utley as a part-timer at multiple positions.

Multiple reports say Utley will only approve a trade to a team that assures him regular playing time down the stretch. Utley grew up in California and went to UCLA, so it’ll be interesting to see if he prefers San Francisco or Anaheim.

Carlos Carrasco pitches during game action

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Indians starter Carlos Carrasco was diagnosed with leukemia earlier this summer. He’d been out since June. Despite that diagnosis, he and the Indians insisted that he would make every effort to come back this year. Yesterday he took a big step in that direction, making his first rehab appearance at Double-A Akron.

He only tossed one inning, walking one batter and striking out another. He thew 16 pitches but cranked it up to 97 with his first offering. Not too shabby.

It’s unclear what the timetable is for him returning to Cleveland. If they intend to use him as a starter again he’ll obviously need several more appearances to get stretched out. If he’s to be used as a reliever, fewer obviously. What his stamina level is and will be is also an open question.

However that gets sorted out, it’s good so have him back in action.