Report: Chase Utley Traded to L.A. Dodgers
The Phillies have agreed to a deal that sends Chase Utley to the Los Angeles Dodgers for two minor leaguers, according to CBS Sports’ Jon Heyman. He reports the trade is not yet official, but has been agreed to by both teams. The Phillies are also sending $2 million to the Dodgers in the trade.
Utley was drafted by the Phillies in the first round of the 2000 draft and signed on July 29th of that year. He rocketed up the minor league system, skipping AA Reading altogether, and debuted with the big club in 2003. His first major league hit, on April 24th of that year, was a grand slam.
According to Baseball-Reference, he was the Phillies’ top player in Wins Above Replacement from 2005 to 2009. His most memorable moment came in the 2008 World Series, when he faked a throw to first in order to fire home and get the lead runner in the deciding fifth game.
He also famously cursed at the championship parade, calling the team “World Fucking Champions.” But his greatest feat on the field happened at the 2009 World Series. Utley hit .286 (with a 1.048 slugging percentage) and five home runs — tying Reggie Jackson’s World Series record for homers — in the Phillies six-game series loss to the Yankees.
Utley has been with the Phillies his entire career, and had the right to nix any trade the Phillies agreed to. He is not yet officially a Dodger, but MLB.com’s Todd Zolecki reports the deal is essentially done.
In his final at-bat as a Phillie, Utley grounded out to the pitcher to end last night’s loss to the Blue Jays. Utley finishes his Phillies career with a .282 average, an .847 slugging percentage, 233 homers, 916 RBI, 4 Silver Slugger awards, 6 All-Star Game nods and a total Wins Above Replacement of 61.7.