Initially, it appeared inevitable Chase Utley would be traded. But the veteran second baseman is now expected to remain in Philadelphia.
Utley has been linked to a handful of clubs over the last few days, however Phillies General Manager Rubin Amaro told 94 WIP Radio's Howard Eskin "Utley will likely remain with the Phillies for the rest of the year."
Over the last few weeks, Utley has drawn a notable amount of interest from teams seeking additional infield depth heading into September. He cleared waivers and as a result could be dealt to any club, however he still has full no-trade protection.
FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal noted over the weekend the expectation is Utley wants to play for a contending team on the West Coast. The Angels, Astros, Dodgers, Angels, Giants, Yankees, and Cubs are all known to have expressed at least some interest in Utley.
While Amaro believes Utley will remain with the Phillies through the end of the season, there is still time for a deal to be made. Philadelphia is rebuilding and has positioned itself to add prospects in exchange for major league talent all season. Utley is likely not a part of the club's future plans and as a result the Phillies have an opportunity to receive something in return. However, Utley has to be open to waiving his no-trade rights, which he might not view as realistic at this point in his career.
Although he continues to draw interest, Utley has not had a notable amount of success throughout 2015. He spent time on the disabled list earlier in the year and is batting .213/.282/.332 to complement five home runs and 30 RBIs over 72 games.
Though nothing is close, there is still a chance Utley is dealt over the next few days. Amaro's comments just might suggest Utley is not in a hurry to be moved.