The Philadelphia Phillies continued their rebuilding effort on Wednesday by sending 13 year veteran 2B Chase Utley to the Los Angeles Dodgers for 2 minor leaguers. Utley, a 6 time all star, was a key player during the Phillies playoff runs from 2007-11. Utley, a southern California native and former UCLA player, had to approve the trade given his status as a 10 and 5 veteran. Long a fan favorite in Philadelphia, Utley was appreciated by Phillies fans for his no nonsense, take no prisoners style of play. Utley ranked among the top 10 in many offensive categories during his tenure in Philadelphia. Amongst his career highlights includes hitting 5 home runs in the 2009 World Series and winning 4 silver slugger awards.
Acquired by the Phillies were AAA IF/OF Darnell Sweeney single A RHP John Richy. The Phillies have also agreed to pay $2 million dollars of Utley’s salary for this season. The Dodgers will be reuniting Utley with longtime double play partner Jimmy Rollins. Rollins was traded to Los Angles prior to the 2015 season.
The Phillies did play a game on Wednesday, defeating the Toronto Blue Jays 7-4 at Citizens Bank Park. OF Aaron Altherr paced the Phillies attack going 2-3 with 3 RBIs, including his 1st major league home run. Jeff Francoeur also homered for the Phillies. Adam Morgan pitched 7 strong innings, striking out 3, to notch his 4th win. Ken Giles pitched a scoreless 9th to record his 8th save of the year.
Edwin Encarnacion homered for the 2nd consecutive game for Toronto.
Philadelphia heads to Miami on Thursday to begin a four game series with the Marlins. Jerome Williams will oppose Brad Hand in the series opener.