Phillies trade Chase Utley and cash to the Dodgers for two minor leaguers

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Yesterday Ruben Amaro said that Chase Utley was likely to remain with the Phillies for the rest of the season. That was yesterday. Today he’s on his way to Los Angeles to join the Dodgers.

Ken Rosenthal first reported that a trade was possible today with Todd Zolecki then reporting that the Dodgers were the team with whom the Dodgers were negotiating. Jon Heyman just reported that the deal is all but done, and that it will involve the Phillies sending Utley plus $2 million to the Dodgers for 2 minor leaguers, yet to be identified.

 

Utley, of course, has spent his entire career in Philadelphia, where he has batted .282/.366/.481 in thirteen seasons. The heart and soul of the Phillies offense, he was the leader and star of teams which went to the playoffs every year between 2007 and 2011, winning the World Series in 2008 and another NL pennant in 2009.

But the Phillies’ competitiveness has since waned, as has Utley’s health. With the team in full rebuild mode, it became inevitable that Utley’s time in Philly was coming to an end, be it in a trade this season or in the Phillies declining to bring him back in 2016.

Now Utley, whose bat has come back to life since coming off of the disabled list, is back in a pennant race. This time with the Dodgers, where he’ll man second base until Howie Kendrick comes back and then likely assume a utility and pinch-hitting role.

Cubs shut Brandon Morrow down for remainder of 2019

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Cubs reliever Brandon Morrow, on a rehab assignment as he works his way back from elbow and forearm issues, suffered a setback and has been shut down for the remainder of the 2019 season, MLB.com’s Jordan Bastian reports.

Morrow, 35, hasn’t pitched since July 15, 2018. The right-hander inked a two-year, $21 million contract with the Cubs in December 2017 but has been unable to stay healthy. When he did pitch last year, he was excellent, limiting the opposition to five runs on 24 hits and nine walks with 31 strikeouts and 22 saves in 30 2/3 innings.

Morrow is likely done as a Cub. He has a vesting option for 2020 worth $12 million. The details aren’t publicly available but it presumably won’t vest. The Cubs can instead buy him out for $3 million, making him a free agent.