The Phillies placed Utley on revocable waivers on Sunday, Fox Sports’s Jon Morosi reported. After the 1 p.m. ET deadline on Tuesday for teams to claim Utley passed, he can now be traded before the Aug. 31 waiver trade deadline. Utley would be able to veto any trade as a a 10-year veteran who has played at least five consecutive seasons on the same team.
Utley has spent all 13 of his major-league years with the Phillies and has been linked to trade rumors all season as the Phillies continued to slide out of contention. Utley will make $15 million this season and holds a $15 million club option for next season that includes a $2 million buyout. The option vests if Utley reaches 500 plate appearances this season; he entered Tuesday with 263.
Utley, 36, was activated from the disabled list last week after missing 37 games due to right ankle inflammation that landed him on the 15-day DL. In his four games since returning, Utley is 5-for-13 with three doubles, three RBIs and three runs scored. On the season, he is batting .190 with four home runs, 28 RBIs and a .557 OPS over 69 games.
The Phillies entered Tuesday 45–68, winners of six of their last 10 games.
- Mike Fiammetta