Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro squashed some of the speculation surrounding Chase Utley by telling Sportsradio 94WIP that the second baseman is “very likely” going to remain in Philadelphia.
“As I told you before, it is very likely he’ll be here in Philadelphia through the end of the year and then we’ll see what happens after that,” Amaro said Tuesday.
The Cubs were among a handful of teams that expressed interest in the veteran infielder, who has had a 13-year career in Philadelphia. He has a full no-trade clause but is in the final year of his deal with the Phillies. He cleared waivers last week.
Are the trade offers not even good enough to present to Utley? That’s something I don’t really wanna comment on, Amaro said. Is Utley being demanding in where he wants to go? That is something I don’t really wanna comment on, Amaro reiterated. He’s swinging the bat well for us, Amaro said of Utley. Since he’s come back, he’s obviously played very well and swinging the bat well and looks much more closely to what he has done in the past for us. And that’s a good sign to see. [Phillies manager] Pete [Mackanin] will play him as he sees fit.
The Cubs would gain a World Series-winning veteran if they were to add Utley. With the move of Addison Russell to shortstop, the Cubs have been filling second base with a combination of Starlin Castro, Jonathan Herrera and Chris Coghlan.
You can listen to the full interview with Amaro by clicking here.