It’s been no secret that the Oakland Athletics are in need of some kind of upgrade at second base.
Whether it’s Adam Rosales, Grant Green, or Eric Sogard, the A’s have just not gotten production at that position, and could be looking to acquire a second baseman at the trade deadline.
According to Jon Paul Morosi of Fox Sports, the A’s are “potential suitors” for the Philadelphia Phillies‘ Chase Utley. Morosi reports that Utley has spoken with Phillies GM Ruben Amaro Jr. about a contract extension, but if that can’t be worked out, a trade is possible.
When Morosi asked Utley if he’ll remain a Phillie on August 1st, Utley offered a blunt “we’ll see.”
Utley is hitting .279 with 13 home runs 36 RBI in 74 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.
Utley would clearly be an upgrade over Sogard, who has started the bulk of the games at second for the A’s this season and is hitting just .263 with two homers in 83 games.
Rosales, who has started 13 games, is batting a meager .197, and the rookie Green went 0-for-15 in five starts before being sent down to the minors.
Contrary to Morosi’s report, CBSSports’ Jon Heyman wrote earlier this week that the A’s would be pursuing starting pitching instead of hitting.
“There are just no great bats available,” an A’s source told Heyman.