With spring training just a few days away, a former Phillie could be on the move.
According to a report by Jon Heyman of MLB Network, the Cleveland Indians are interested in former Phillies’ second baseman, Chase Utley.
For the past two seasons, the 38-year-old Utley has played for the Los Angeles Dodgers.
In addition, Heyman also reported that some “mystery teams” may also be interested in signing Utley.
In 2016, Utley hit .252 with 14 home runs and 52 RBIs, earning himself another productive season.
If the Indians are able to work out a deal with Utley, it would certainly bring a veteran presence to the team.
Seeing as how the Indians are already set with second baseman, Jason Kipnis; the signing of Utley would add depth to the roster as well.
Last season, Kipnis earned himself a batting average of .275, with 23 home runs and 82 RBIs.
Additionally, Kipnis is locked into a six-year, $52.5 million contract with the Indians, which keeps him in Cleveland until 2019.
Furthermore, though the longtime Phillies player, and member from the 2008 World Series team has received interest from an American League organization, another longtime Phillies player from the 2008 World Series team has not had the same luck.
Currently, Ryan Howard is patiently waiting to be picked up off the free-agent market.
Many have speculated that Howard would best serve as a designated-hitter in the American League, however, there seems to be no buzz surrounding the former Phillie.
As far as Utley goes, a return to the Dodgers doesn’t seem likely.
This offseason, the Dodgers acquired second baseman, Logan Forsythe, who hit .264 last season with the Tampa Bay Rays.
If the Indians, or one of the “mystery teams” that Heyman discussed in his report make a move for Utley, then plan on seeing the move happen sometime over the next two weeks.
As for Howard, only time will tell if the “big piece” will take the field with another team this upcoming season.
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