MLB.com’s Alden Gonzalez reports that the Angels felt they would complete a deal with the Phillies for second baseman Chase Utley on Friday, but they’re still hopeful to acquire the veteran. The Angels believe they’re the most appealing destination for Utley, as they can offer him playing time at second base and DH. Gonzalez adds that he believes Utley would get most of his playing time at DH if he were to join the Angels.
Utley went 4-for-5 with a double and an RBI in Friday’s loss to the Brewers. Since coming off of the disabled list on August 7, he’s hit safely in all six games, batting .500/.478/.682 with four doubles in 23 plate appearances.
The Cubs, Astros, Giants, Yankees, and Dodgers have had reported interest in Utley. The 36-year-old has a no-trade clause per his 10-and-5 rights, is owed about $6 million, and is all but certain to become a free agent after the season.
Five years ago, Octavio Dotel retired following a 15-year career in which he pitched for a then-record 13 different teams. I’m not exactly sure what he’s been up to since then, but I know that today he got arrested, as did former Marlins, Twins and Mets second baseman Luis Castillo.
That’s the report from Héctor Gómez, and from the Dominican Today, each of whom report that the two ex-big leaguers were arrested today in connection with a longstanding money laundering and/or drug investigation focused on one César Peralta. also known as “César the Abuser.” So he sounds fun. Gómez characterizes it as a money laundering thing. Reporter Dionisio Soldevila characterizes it as “drug trafficking charges.” Such charges often go hand-in-hand, of course. I’m sure more details will be come out eventually. For now we have the report of their arrests. According to the Dominican Today, four cars belonging to Dotel were confiscated as well.
Dotel didn’t debut until he was 25, and for his first couple of years with the Mets and Astros he struggled to establish himself as a starter. He was switched full-time to the Houston bullpen at 27, however, and went on to make 724 relief appearances with a 3.32 ERA and a .207 opponents’ batting average while racking up 955 strikeouts in 760 innings. At the time of his retirement his career strikeout rate — 10.8 per nine innings — was the best in the history of baseball for right-handed pitchers with at least 900 innings, edging out Kerry Wood and Pedro Martinez.
Castillo also played 15 seasons, with a career line of .290/.368/.351. He was a three-time All Star and won three Gold Glove awards.