Updated 7:42am CDT, Aug. 11 – The Cubs, Giants and Yankees had scouts at Monday night’s game in Phoenix to watch Chase Utley according to Jim Salisbury. Utley went 1-for-3 with a sac fly RBI and a run scored. Utley started at first base and in the four games, three starts, since he was reinstated from the DL, Utley is 5-for-13 with three doubles.
According to multiple reports Monday, the Phillies placed veteran 2B Chase Utley on revocable trade waivers.
Jon Paul Morosi reported that Utley was placed on revocable waivers Sunday. Teams that would like to add Chase Utley to their roster have until Tuesday to put a claim in for him. If a team is awarded a claim on Utley, they would have 48 1/2 hours to work out a deal for him.
The Cubs are believed to be interested in Chase Utley. The Cubs and Phillies reportedly discussed a deal for Utley prior to the deadline.
The Sun-Times mentioned last week Chase Utley is one of the Cubs’ targets this month.
The Cubs are one of five teams that have been connected to Utley. The Yankees and Angels have been mentioned as possibilities for Utley, but there are three teams in the National League believed to be interested in Utley … the Dodgers, Giants and Cubs.
If more than one team puts in a claim for Utley, the club with the worst record on the day of the claim is awarded the rights to the player. In Utley’s case, since he is with a National League team, he would have to go unclaimed by every team in the NL before American League teams would have a chance to claim him. If Utley was to go unclaimed and pass through waivers, the Phillies can negotiate a deal with any team.
If Chase Utley is claimed, the Phillies have three options: Pull Utley back and keep him, negotiate a trade with the claiming team or let the player go and the claiming team would assume the remainder of his contract. The Phillies can pull Utley back one time, if they try to send him through waivers a second time and a team claimed Utley at that point, his rights go to the team that is awarded the claim.
Chase Utley has full no-trade rights and can block a deal to any team. Utley has said in the past he would not approve a trade to another team. He wanted to stay with the Phillies. Multiple reports have stated he would be open to a trade to a contender after he softened his stance during Spring Training.
According to Jim Salisbury, the Phillies are showcasing Utley. Salisbury was the first to report the Cubs interest in Utley. The Giants had a scout in San Diego throughout the weekend “keeping tabs on Utley.” Salisbury does not think Utley would invoke his no-trade clause and block a trade to the Giants based on his ties to the area. Utley and his family live near San Francisco in the off-season.
Jim Salisbury reported that Utley dodged the questions about his future with the Phillies.
Chase Utley was in the Phillies’ starting lineup Monday after appearing as a pinch-hitter Sunday. Utley hit leadoff and played first base. In his first three games back from the DL, Utley was 4-for-10 with three doubles.
Updated 11:56pm CDT: Chase Utley went 1-for-3 with a sac fly RBI on Monday night against the Diamondbacks.