Philadelphia had an active offseason, and the club could look to move several more pieces before the July 31 trading deadline. Over the course of the last year, according to ESPN's Buster Olney, other teams around baseball have been told Philies second baseman Chase Utley would not accept a trade out of Philadelphia.
Utley could ultimately change his mind, and a trade remains possible. The Phillies are in rebuilding mode, and as a result, would likely be open to acquiring prospects in exchange for the second baseman. Jimmy Rollins accepted his trade to the Dodgers, and Utley may alter his mindset moving forward.
Other Notes from 4/18
- Howkie Kendrick has thrived with the Dodgers and established himself as a consistent infield option. Some evaluators around the league have deemed him a right-handed Adrian Gonzalez.
- Shin-Soo Choo was one of the biggest free agent signings of 2013, however he is off to a slow start with the Rangers, who were dominated by Felix Henandez on Saturday.
- Jung-Ho Kang has been off to a slow start, and some wonder whether he should be optioned to Triple-A at this point in the year.
- The Rays are fully prepared to eat $7 million after designating Grant Balfour for assignment.
- Detroit is slowing down Justin Verlander's rehab, and there is no timetable for his return. Verlander has not pitched off a mound since his last start of the spring.
- Since the beginning of 2012, no starter has thrown more innings than Adam Wainwright. After returning from Tommy John surgery, Wainnwright has improved during each of the following seasons.
- Both Matt Carpenter and Mike Trout changed their approach at the plate, and a common trend is taking pitches early in games.
- Kris Bryant reached base five times after struggling in his first game with the Cubs.