Word had already come down before Wednesday’s game between the Phillies and Blue Jays that Chase Utley was being traded to the Dodgers, but Utley elected to hang around with his Phillies teammates for the night. Now, after a 7-4 win in which Utley did not appear, the full details of the trade are out …
#Phillies have traded Chase Utley and cash considerations to the Dodgers in exchange for INF/OF Darnell Sweeney and RHP John Richy.
— Phillies (@Phillies) August 20, 2015
Los Angeles will cover around $2 million of the $6 million Utley was still owed by the Phillies. The 36-year-old can handle second base until Howie Kendrick returns from a hamstring injury and then operate as a veteran bench bat for the stretch run. Utley has slashed just .217/.284/.333 in 73 total games this season, but he’s been showing strong signs of life since returning 11 days ago from an ankle injury.
Darnell Sweeney, a 13th-round pick in 2012, is hitting .271/.332/.409 in 116 games this year at the Triple-A level. He is 24 years old. John Richy, a third-round pick in 2013, has a 4.20 ERA over 124 1/3 innings this season in High-A ball. He just turned 23. These aren’t really intriguing prospects.
Read more on Utley’s lasting legacy in Philadelphia at CSNPhilly.com.