We’re one week away from July and baseball is seeing the NL East as a tight race. No team is more than five games out of first place. However, many expect the Philadelphia Phillies to stay out of the playoff race in the second half of the season. Some also expect big names to be on the trade market including ace pitcher Cliff Lee, slugging first baseman Ryan Howard and perennial All-Star second baseman Chase Utley.
If the Phillies were to lose ground in the playoff race in the month of July, the New York Yankees should really consider trading for Utley. The middle infielder would give them many pieces the team has been lacking for the most part. He would give them a hitter who typically averages around .300. He would give them some power from the left side of the plate, and that should be good with the short porch in right field. He is a smart base-runner and wouldn’t get caught running the bases often. He could also give them some insurance defensively at the position.
Utley would also give the Yankees veteran leadership. Granted, they have a lot of that with names like Derek Jeter, Ichiro Suzuki, Carlos Beltran and Alfonso Soriano on the roster. However, Utley could even give these players some lift as the team is starting to show its age and has not lived up to expectations on the offensive side of things. Utley does know a thing or two about playing with All-Star talent on the same roster. With names like Roy Halladay, Jonathan Papelbon, Jimmy Rollins, Lee and Howard, he was very good at blending in and doing his share to make the team successful.
It all seems like it would work out for Utley and the Yankees if a trade were to happen.