May 19, 2013; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Philadelphia Phillies second baseman Chase Utley (26) singles in the 6th inning against the Cincinnati Reds at Citizens Bank Park. The Phillies defeated the Reds, 3-2. Mandatory Credit: Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports

MLB Trade Rumors: San Francisco Giants Eye Phillies’ Chase Utley

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.

Tags: Chase Utley MLB Trade Deadline MLB Trade Rumors Philadelphia Phillies San Francisco Giants

  • SFEvl1

    NO NO NO

    • goldenbaysports

      Why not?

      • SFEvl1

        This guy is hated here in SF. From being a punk and throwing the ball back at Sanchez in the playoffs, batting in the .250/.260′s the last couple years, he’s 34, always injured (103 games in 2011, 83 games in 2012), only 47 games this year because of another injury and we already have a 2nd baseman who’s batting .332. Phew :)

        • Melissa Felkins

          I agree. I most certainly can’t stand his smug little face.

      • Melissa Felkins

        In addition, giants don’t need 2B. Scutaro has aging infielder covered and is having a great season.

        • goldenbaysports

          Good point. No idea why they’re scouting him then. Perhaps they’re after Papelbon?

          • Melissa Felkins

            Would make more sense, but after tonight, I sure hope not. :)