The Philadelphia Phillies traded second baseman Chase Utley to the Los Angeles Dodgers on Wednesday.
The Dodgers sent infielder/outfielder Darnell Sweeney and righthander John Richy to the Phillies in return for Utley and cash considerations.
Utley, 36, is batting .217 this season with five home runs and 30 RBIs for the last-place Phillies, who own the majors’s worst record at 47–73 and are currently 18 games behind the New York Mets in the National League East.
A six-time All-Star, Utley has played all 13 of his MLB seasons with the Phillies, winning the World Series with the team in 2008. He was linked to trade rumors for much of this season, especially as the Phillies continued to slide out of contention and his production progressively declined.
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Fox Sports’s Ken Rosenthal reported Wednesday morning the veteran’s situation with Philadelphia was coming to a head and a same-day trade was possible, later adding the Phillies’s negotiations with the Dodgers had advanced to the point where they discussed specific terms.
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