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Chase Utley | Second Baseman

Team: Los Angeles Dodgers
Age / DOB:  (36) / 12/17/1978
Ht / Wt:  6'1" / 190
Bats / Throws: Left / Right
College: UCLA
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Chase Utley picked up his first hit since being traded to the Dodgers, finishing 1-for-4 with a double in Saturday's loss to the Astros.
Utley took an 0-for-4 in his Dodger debut on Friday. Saturday saw his first hit in the new uniform, as he managed a double against Astros starter Scott Kazmir. He manned second base during the contest, which he'll likely continue to do until Howie Kendrick (hamstring) returns to action. While he's hitting .214/.279/.331 with five home runs and 30 RBI for the length of the season, he's done much better since returning from the disabled list and was hitting .429/.432/.657 in nine August games entering Saturday's action. Aug 23 - 12:26 AM

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Making his Dodgers' debut, Chase Utley went 0-for-4 against the Astros on Friday.

Utley served as the DH in his debut, but he's expected to play second base with Howie Kendrick (hamstring) sidelined. The expectation is that he'll see time between third base and first base once Kendrick is back to full health.
Aug 21 - 11:08 PM

Chase Utley is in the designated hitter spot and batting second Friday in his Dodgers debut.

He's hitting behind old pal Jimmy Rollins and in front of Justin Turner. Enrique Hernandez is at second base, but Utley will be the regular there when the DH isn't in play until Howie Kendrick (hamstring) returns. Utley has hit .484/.485/.742 in eight games since returning from the disabled list.
Aug 21 - 4:44 PM

Recent Dodgers acquisition Chase Utley is expected to join the team on Friday.

The Dodgers completed a trade for Utley on Wednesday evening, shipping Darnell Sweeney and John Richy over to the Phillies in exchange for the former All-Star. Utley is hitting .217/.284/.333 this season, though he's played better than that of late. He'll join the Dodger parade of big names come Friday.
Aug 20 - 1:02 AM

Dodgers acquired 2B Chase Utley from the Phillies for INF/OF Darnell Sweeney and RHP John Richy.

The Dodgers are also getting roughly $4 million from the Phillies in the deal. The Dodgers will use Utley at second base with Howie Kendrick sidelined, allowing Kike Hernandez to slide into center field to spell Joc Pederson. The 36-year-old is hitting .217/.284/.333 on the year but has performed better at the plate since returning from the disabled list.
Aug 19 - 10:47 PM

MLB.com's Todd Zolecki reports that the Dodgers and Phillies are "moving closer" on a trade that would send Chase Utley to Los Angeles.

Zolecki says that "no deal has been finalized," but the two clubs "are moving in that direction." FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal adds that the Phillies are expected to receive two prospects in return, with the Dodgers being responsible for about $2 million of what remains on the second baseman's $10 million contract for 2015. Utley can handle second base for the Dodgers while Howie Kendrick (hamstring) is sidelined and would then move into a bench role.
Source: MLBlogs.com
Aug 19 - 3:09 PM

FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reports that Chase Utley's situation is "coming to a head" and it's "possible" a trade goes down Wednesday.

This comes after Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro said Tuesday that Utley was likely to remain with the club for the rest of the season. Of course, it could have just been posturing on Amaro's part and Rosenthal's reports suggests it might have been just that. The Giants are known to have made an offer for Utley, and the Angels and Cubs are said to be heavily involved, as well. A southern California native, Utley reportedly would prefer to play for a West Coast club.
Aug 19 - 2:02 PM

Chase Utley is in Tuesday's lineup against the Blue Jays.

Utley was held out Sunday's lineup, but he's back in the leadoff spot Tuesday. Multiple teams have expressed trade interest in the veteran second baseman in recent days, but Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro, Jr. indicated Tuesday morning that he's likely to stay put.
Aug 18 - 3:09 PM

Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro, Jr. said during a radio appearance on 94 WIP on Tuesday morning that Chase Utley is likely to remain with the Phillies for the rest of the season.

Howard Eskin speculates that this means Utley will not approve a trade. There have been recent reports suggesting that the veteran second baseman would be open to joining a team on the West Coast, preferably in Southern California. Either he's had a change of heart or Amaro is being cagey about Utley's situation.
Aug 18 - 10:14 AM

Playing in what might have been his final game in a Phillies uniform, Chase Utley went 2-for-4 with a solo home run and a double in Saturday's 4-2 loss to the Brewers.

Utley hit his fifth home run of the season when he took Brewers starter Jimmy Nelson deep for a solo shot in the third inning. It's being reported that he won't play in Sunday's series finale, a sign that a trade might be just over the horizon. If he does end up moving, he went out in fitting style with the long ball. For his Phillies career, he's a .282/.366/.481 hitter with 233 homers and 916 RBI. The Giants, Angels, Yankees, and Astros (among others) have all been linked to the veteran second baseman.
Aug 15 - 11:33 PM

Chase Utley won't play in Sunday's series finale against the Brewers.

This is the usual protocol for a player who's about to be traded. Utley has raised his average from .179 to .213 during his seven-game hitting streak and his trade value is probably as high as it will get. The Giants, Angels and Astros have all been linked to the veteran. It seems likely that Utley has played his final game with Philadelphia.
Aug 15 - 10:54 PM

MLB.com's Alden Gonzalez reports the Angels thought they would get a deal done for Chase Utley on Friday and are still hoping to make a trade for him.

The Angels consider themselves the frontrunners for Utley because he can split time at second base and DH. If the trade goes through, Gonzalez would expect the Angels to send C.J. Cron to Triple-A until rosters expand in September. Utley has a no-trade clause in his contract and is still owed more than $6 million this season.
Aug 15 - 6:27 PM

Chase Utley went 4-for-5 with a double and an RBI in Friday's 3-1 loss to the Brewers.

Whoa, where did this come from? Utley entered Friday's action hitting just .208/.276/.313, but he was all over the place against the Brewers. His ninth inning RBI single would knock in the only run of the game for his team and he finished with three singles and a double. To put the four-hit game in context, Utley had recorded three three-hit games over the course of the entire year. Hits just haven't been his jam this season.
Aug 15 - 1:19 AM

According to Jim Salisbury of CSN Philadelphia, the Astros are one of the teams in the mix to acquire Chase Utley from the Phillies.

Utley would see his time with the Astros split between first base and designated hitter in that scenario. The Angels, Dodgers, Cubs, Giants and Yankees are also believed to be in pursuit of the veteran infielder.
Aug 14 - 9:18 PM

USA Today's Bob Nightengale was told by executives involved in Chase Utley trade talks that they expect the second baseman to ultimately wind up with the Cubs or Angels.

The Giants have also been involved in talks for Utley, but he has the right to block a deal anywhere and might not want to go to a place where he's not guaranteed regular playing time for the rest of the season. Both the Cubs and Angels make sense as landing spots, as they're in the playoff hunt and could use some help at second base. The Phillies will likely have to pick up the bulk of what remains of Utley's $10 million salary for this season in order to move him.
Aug 14 - 2:12 PM

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Yasmani Grandal
2A.J. Ellis
1B1Adrian Gonzalez
2B1Howie Kendrick
2Chase Utley
SS1Jimmy Rollins
3B1Justin Turner
2Alex Guerrero
LF1Andre Ethier
2Carl Crawford
3Scott Van Slyke
CF1Joc Pederson
2Enrique Hernandez
RF1Yasiel Puig
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Clayton Kershaw
2Zack Greinke
3Brett Anderson
4Alex Wood
5Mat Latos
6Hyun-Jin Ryu
7Brandon McCarthy
8Bronson Arroyo
9Carlos Frias
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Kenley Jansen
2Joel Peralta
3J.P. Howell
4Chris Hatcher
5Pedro Baez
6Luis Avilan
7Juan Nicasio
8Jim Johnson
9Yimi Garcia