The Angels thought they would complete a trade for Chase Utley on Friday

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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.

Cardinals sign Matt Wieters to one-year, $2 million deal

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Jon Heyman reports that the Cardinals and free agent catcher Matt Wieters have agreed on a one-year, $2 million deal. Wieters can earn an additional $1 million through incentives.

Wieters, 33, spent last season with the Cardinals as Yadier Molina‘s backup. In 67 games, the veteran hit .214/.268/.435 with 11 home runs and 27 RBI. While Wieters has left something to be desired offensively in recent years, he still plays solid defense behind the plate.

Wieters will once again serve as the backup to Molina. Catching prospect Andrew Knizner is expected to start the season at Triple-A Memphis.