Jun 12, 2015; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Philadelphia Phillies second baseman Chase Utley (26) looks on during batting practice before playing the Pittsburgh Pirates at PNC Park. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports
Talking heads (myself included) have been Chase Utley-to-San Francisco crazy of late, and it’s hard to fault us. In the waiver-trade period, a borderline Hall of Famer going to MLB’s modern-day dynasty is as blockbuster as a deal’s going to get.
But while the Giants are the team getting the most press in their pursuit of the second baseman, they’re hardly the only ball club that’s after him. According to Jim Salisbury of CSN Philadelphia, there are five other organizations in the mix:
None of those teams are cheap, and most of them could probably offer Utley regular playing time, which is something he covets.
Utley would obviously be a huge pickup for a Giants lineup—particularly over the next couple of weeks while Joe Panik gets healthy—but the odds are against the Orange and Black landing their prized player unless the Sabean-Evans brain trust was desperate enough to overbid with two top prospects.
Andrew Susac and Tyler Beede/Kyle Crick for a short-term rental? I think not.
With that in mind, let’s turn our attention to the best consolation prizes on the market if the Utley deal doesn’t happen.
Spoiler alert: None of them are veteran second basemen—all of the other Utley-types have inflated contracts that extend beyond this season with no buyout.
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