Report: Dodgers Acquire 2nd Baseman Chase Utley From Phillies, Which Again Ignores Their Real Problem
CBS Sports is reporting that the Phillies have agreed to trade second baseman Chase Utley to the Dodgers for two prospects and $2 million, the cash to cover the balance of Utley's $6 million contract with Philadelphia. The deal is not official, but close. That would end speculation over whether Utley would choose, the Angels, Cubs, Giants or Dodgers, his top four choices.
Chase Utley was a great player and, more importantly, a lover of pit bulls. Going to miss rooting for him :-( pic.twitter.com/4yxTntylmF
— Jahlil Locavore (@MisterBrendan) August 19, 2015
So ... if I have this straight:
* Utley was highly sought-after by four teams involved in the playoffs stretch run.
* He cost $2 million, plus a couple of good prospects.
I don't understand MLB sometimes. We know that the Dodgers will spend money on anyone with a pulse, but what of the Giants and Angels, who should know better? Madison Bumgarner is hitting .259. Just put him at second on days he's not pitching. Kelby Tomlinson, the second baseman they called up when Joe Panik went on the DL, is hitting .333 in 27 at-bats. Utley is returning from a right-ankle injury and has gone 15-for-31 since he's been back, so that's good. I guess LA is banking that he stays hot.
But LA already had enough infielders -- with this move it continues to ignore its real need:
So... can Chase Utley pitch out of the bullpen? https://t.co/nJ1DYmtVpd
— Anthony Castrovince (@castrovince) August 19, 2015
— Jennifer (@jenlind70) August 19, 2015
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