Having fallen two games behind the Los Angeles Dodgers in the National League West and losing five in a row, the San Francisco Giants are in desperate need to jolt the lineup. The acquisition of Dan Uggla is not going to be enough for the Giants to reroute their struggles in a pivotal point of the year. The Giants will need to make a trade before Thursday’s deadline to revive the lineup.
A player on the trade market who has not gotten much press is Philadelphia Phillies second baseman Chase Utley. If the Phillies are truly committed to selling at this point, the Giants could acquire Utley at a discounted price and pack a much-needed punch to the lineup.
This season, Utley is hitting .291/.354/.433 with 26 doubles and 50 RBI. The 35-year-old is on a losing squad and with retirement right around the corner, he may want to get back to the postseason one last time before he hits the old dusty trail. Also, the Phillies have Cesar Hernandez waiting for an opportunity to move up. He could play second base and center field, but it does not look likely he will get a chance at center with Ben Revere blocking his way.
San Francisco acquired veteran Jake Peavy a few days ago to bolster the rotation. San Francisco will have to make another shrewd move to jolt the lineup. Utley is a prime choice to do that, especially if interest wains on Tampa Bay Rays infielder Ben Zobrist.