The San Francisco Giants are primed to make a few moves at the trade deadline, as the wheels have seemingly fallen off of them after losing three out of four games to the Miami Marlins.
They currently sit at 38-37, second in the division, but are only three games back of the Arizona Diamondbacks for the lead in the NL West. So perhaps a trade or two to bring in some solid contributors could help push them over the hump.
One of those guys could be Philadelphia Phillies’ second baseman Chase Utley, who came off of the disabled list on Friday night.
Jim Salisbury of CSN Philadelphia reported that the Giants and Yankees were present at Citizen Bank Park to watch Utley and the Phillies play.
Utley is hitting .263 with seven home runs 25 RBI in 47 games this season. He was once a superstar for the Phillies, but unfortunately injuries have gotten in the way, and he is now 34 years old.
He made the All-Star team from 2006-2010, and won the Silver Slugger award at second base for three consecutive seasons from 2006-2009. He was absolutely lights-out in 2007, batting .332 with 22 homers and 103 RBI.
That was the Chase Utley who was primed to become a future Hall of Famer, as Matt Snyder of CBSSports points out.
Now, he is simply a big leaguer, riddled by injuries, yet still valuable as a veteran presence to a contending team like the Giants.