Bring on all the Phillies, apparently.
Chase Utley is headed west to join former double play partner Jimmy Rollins, traded to the Dodgers per Todd Zolecki of MLB.com.
Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports says two minor leaguers are headed to Philadelphia in the trade, while Jon Heyman of CBS Sports calls them "mid-level" prospects.
Per Cot's Baseball Contracts, Utley is making $15 million this season, which means beginning with Thursday there are 46 days left in the season, so Utley has roughly $3,770,492 remaining in 2015, plus a $2 million buyout of his three vesting options worth $15 annually from 2016-18.
The Phillies are reportedly sending cash in the deal, with Rosenthal saying Dodgers are picking up roughly $2 million of the total owed Utley, while Heyman reports the Phillies are sending $2 million in the deal.
We are past the waiver trade deadline which means Utley would have had to clear waivers, which he reportedly did last week. Utley also has "10-and-5" rights with more than 10 years of major league service time and the last five years with one team. This means he has the right to refuse any trade.
Utley went to Long Beach Poly High School and was drafted by the Dodgers in the second round in 1997, but Utley instead went to UCLA, then was drafted by the Philies three years later.
Utley, now 36, is hitting just .217/.284/.333 with five home runs and 12 RBI in 73 games in 2015. Though after returning from missing 37 games with right knee inflammaton Utley is 15-for-31 (.484) with five doubles and a home run in eight games.
If we want to selective endpoint this even more, Utley since May 9 is hitting .285/.346/.411 in 47 games, after a horrific 9-for-91 opening to his 2015 season.
This move could mean either second baseman Howie Kendrick will be hamstrung even longer than expected, or that the Dodgers don't want to start Kiké Hernandez everyday, or some combination of both.
When addressing the hire of third base coach Ron Roenicke on Tuesday, Dodgers general manager described the club's philosophy, which seems applicable to Utley.
"I think as an organization we’re always looking for ways to improve," Zaidi said. "When we get a chance to do something that we think is additive, we’re going to make every effort to do it."
More details to follow, I'm sure.