Philadelphia Phillies Rumors: Chase Utley's Availability Could Ignite Battle Of Bay Area Teams

By Arthur Dowell
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Scott Rovak-USA TODAY Sports

The Oakland Athletics have been one of baseball’s more successful stories these last few seasons, and look to continue it. The team on the opposite end of the bay, the San Francisco Giants are looking to make it three World Series championships in six years. Both could make themselves World Series threats by trading for Philadelphia Phillies second baseman, Chase Utley.

Utley will want to waive his no trade clause if these two teams come calling. As he gets older, his winnings days are numbered, and they do not look to be happening in Philadelphia. If he were to accept a trade to one of these two teams, it could be an interesting take on what happens down the road. Utley could remain faithful to the Phillies and ask the team what trade piece they like more and accept a trade to that team ensuring both sides are happy.

He may even look at the bigger picture and see that if he accepts a trade to Oakland, he could get more playing time with the DH being an option when he is not feeling 100 percent. Then again, Utley is a warrior and will demand to play his position unless his name is written down on the disabled list rather than the starting lineup.

To know teams are interested in the players talent has to leave the veteran feeling good about his ability. With the knowledge that the teams interested are teams showing no signs of slowing down their winning ways, it must make him feel like he is in his prime again; playing for the Phillies when they were a team nobody wanted to play on any given day roughly five years ago.

The race for Utley could just be rumors, but if the bay teams are in the hunt for his playing abilities, the rivalry of the bay could get heated again for another week.

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