Phillies trade 2B Chase Utley to Dodgers

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Phillies trade Chase Utley to Dodgers
Wednesday August 19th, 2015

The Philadelphia Phillies traded second baseman Chase Utley to the Los Angeles Dodgers on Wednesday, the Phillies announced.

The Dodgers sent infielder/outfielder Darnell Sweeney and righthander John Richy to the Phillies in return for Utley and cash considerations.

To make room for Utley on their active roster, the Dodgers designated infielder Alberto Callaspo for assignment.

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.

CBS Sports’s Jon Heyman first reported the deal was done, adding the Los Angeles Angels, San Francisco Giants and Chicago Cubs were also in the mix for Utley.

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