Rejected? GM Ruben Amaro Jr. says the Phillies are unlikely to trade Chase Utley

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Trade speculation has been swirling around Chase Utley for the past couple weeks, with multiple contending teams being linked to the six-time All-Star second baseman, but general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. said during a radio interview this morning that Utley “is likely to be with the Phillies for the rest of the year.”

Howard Eskin of WIP radio in Philadelphia suggests that means Utley rejected all potential trades presented to him by the Phillies, which was his right. However, it was assumed that he’d approve a trade to a contending team and particularly one in California. But apparently not.

Utley has looked great since coming off the disabled list last week, going 13-for-26 (.500) with one homer, five doubles, and a 1.308 OPS in seven games to convince potential suitors that he still has some gas left in the tank at age 36.

Texas Rangers ink free-agent ace Jacob deGrom to 5-year deal

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ARLINGTON, Texas — Free-agent ace Jacob deGrom and the Texas Rangers agreed to a $185 million, five-year contract Friday.

The two-time Cy Young Award winner leaves the New York Mets after nine seasons – the past two shortened by injuries.

After making his first start last season in early August, deGrom went 5-4 with a 3.08 ERA in 11 outings. He helped the Mets reach the playoffs, then opted out of his contract to become a free agent.

Texas announced the signing Friday night after the 34-year-old deGrom passed his physical. A person with direct knowledge of the deal disclosed the financial terms to The Associated Press. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the club did not announce those details.

“We are thrilled that Jacob deGrom has decided to become a Texas Ranger,” executive vice president and general manager Chris Young said in a statement. “Over a number of seasons, Jacob has been a standout major league pitcher, and he gives us a dominant performer at the top of our rotation. One of our primary goals this offseason is to strengthen our starting pitching, and we are adding one of the best.”

Texas went 68-94 last season and then hired Bruce Bochy as its new manager. The Rangers’ six straight losing seasons are their worst skid since the franchise moved from Washington in 1972.

The Rangers were big spenders in free agency last offseason, signing Corey Seager ($325 million, 10 years) and second baseman Marcus Semien ($175 million, seven years).