After 13 years, the Philadelphia Phillies finally parted ways with Chase Utley, after trading the second baseman to the Los Angeles Dodgers for two prospects.
Utley was traded to replace Howie Kendrick, who is on the disabled list with a hamstring injury. Utley will add some depth to the Dodgers’ roster with his great defensive skills and recent offensive success.
The prospects the Phillies will receive are utility player, Darnell Sweeney, and right-handed pitcher John Richy. Sweeney batted .271 with 49 RBIs for the Oklahoma City Dodgers. Richy has a 10-5 record and 4.20 ERA for the Dodgers high-A ball team, the Rancho Cucamonga Quakes.
The veteran has batted .484 with a 1.227 OPS since he returned from the disabled list on August 7. Utley will be reunited in Los Angeles with former Phillies teammate and middle infielder Jimmy Rollins. They made a great defensive duo while playing together, until Rollins was traded last past offseason.
Now, the trade will surely not improve the Dodgers’ obvious struggling bullpen, but it is a step in the right direction for the team with the highest payroll. The Dodgers need to acquire some relief pitchers soon if they really want to contend in the playoffs.
The injury plagued Utley will most likely be looking for a multi-year contract after this season and will need to stay healthy and continue to hit as well as he has since returning from the disabled list to prove to the Dodgers that he should be more than a temporary acquisition.
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