The rumored trade between the Phillies and Dodgers was officially announced Wednesday night. The Phillies sent Chase Utley and cash to the Dodgers for INF Darnell Sweeney and RHP John Richy. The Phillies reportedly included $4 million of the $6 million owed to Utley in the deal.
Reports throughout the day indicated Chase Utley had waived his no-trade rights in order for the Phillies to deal him to a team on the West Coast. Utley will be reunited with shortstop Jimmy Rollins. Utley is expected to report to the Dodgers and be in the lineup for Friday’s opener in Houston against the Astros.
The Phillies made a good deal with the Dodgers for six weeks of Chase Utley. INF Darnell Sweeney (16) and RHP John Richy (24) were ranked by Baseball America in the top 25 of the Dodgers’ system prior to the season. Sweeney will be added to the Phillies’ 40-man roster and called up to make his Major League debut on Thursday in Miami.
Darnell Sweeney hit .261/.332/.409 in 116 games for Triple-A Oklahoma City with 30 doubles, four triples and nine home runs for a .741 OPS. Sweeney stole 32 bases and was caught 13 times. The 24-year old, switch-hitting Sweeney alone would have been a solid return for Chase Utley.
RHP John Richy appeared in 22 games and made 18 starts for High-A Rancho Cucamonga. Richy was 10-5 with a 4.20 ERA and 1.42 WHIP. In 124 1/3 innings, Richy allowed 63 runs, 58 earned, on 143 hits with 105 strikeouts and 34 walks. Richy was taken in the third round of the 2014 draft. Richy projects as a back of the rotation starter. He features a 89-92 mph sinking fastball that touches 94 with a mid-70s curveball, low-80s slider and a changeup.
With the chase for Utley officially over, Theo Epstein and Jed Hoyer will continue to explore ways to improve the roster over the next 11 days before the waiver trade deadline.