Phillies second baseman Chase Utley may be on the move as early as today, according to Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports.
This comes just a day after general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. and team president Pat Gillick both said that Utley was likely to stay in Philly throughout the reminder of the 2015 season.
It looked like Father Time caught up with Utley in the early part of the season, when he hit .114 in March and April. In the first half of 2015, Utley had a .174/.257/.275 line and was sidelined with ankle problems. Through eight games since returning from the DL, however, he is hitting .484 with a .742 slugging percentage. That turnaround has brought in interest from teams like the Giants, Cubs, and Dodgers, who are in need of a second baseman.
Utley recently cleared wavers, but has made it clear that he wants to play full-time and would prefer to go to Southern California as part of waiving his full no-trade protection, which would seem to rule out playing for either Chicago or San Francisco. Indeed, Todd Zolecki is reporting that the Dodgers are in the lead to acquire the potential Hall of Famer:
Sources: Phillies, Dodgers moving closer to deal for Chase Utley. Nothing finalized. http://t.co/SbygZUsEEd— Todd Zolecki (@ToddZolecki) August 19, 2015
At this point, the only thing holding up Utley's deal is likely his approval and it's only a matter of time before he's playing in a different uniform for the first time in his 13 year career.