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Dodgers acquire Chase Utley

As reported by usatoday.com, Chase Utley will join the Los Angeles Dodgers.

Chase Utley, whose 13-year career with the Philadelphia Phillies included five All-Star appearances and the club’s first World Series championship since 1980, agreed to a trade to the Los Angeles Dodgers, according to a baseball official with direct knowledge of the deal.

The person spoke to USA TODAY Sports on condition of anonymity because the trade has been agreed upon, but not finalized. The Phillies will receive a pair of mid-level prospects from the Dodgers, who will also receive $2 million to help offset the remainder of the $15 million Utley is paid this season.

MLB.com first reported that the Dodgers and Phillies were nearing a deal involving Utley.

Utley, 36, approved the trade to his native Southern California and had the right to veto any deal because he’s spent more than 10 years with the Phillies. He will provide an immediate option at second base while incumbent Howie Kendrick recovers from a left hamstring injury. Utley will also reunite with shortstop Jimmy Rollins, his double-play partner for 11 seasons before the Phillies traded Rollins to the Dodgers in December.

The trade leaves only first baseman Ryan Howard and catcher Carlos Ruiz from the core that won consecutive National League pennants in 2008-2009. Utley, who can be a free agent after this season, is batting a career-low .217. Last month, 2008 World Series MVP Cole Hamels was dealt to the Texas Rangers.

I couldn’t have said it better myself. Well done!

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A-Rod won’t play in exhibition vs. Phillies today

According to Foxsports.com, Alex Rodriguez will skip the Yankee’s exhibition opener against the Phillies on Tuesday in Clearwater, Florida. Rodriguez is back from suspension violations of baseball’s drug agreement and labor contract. A-Rod is expected to return on Wednesday as a DH, who went 0-2 in a intrasquad game on Monday.

The Phillies need this win after being embarrassed on Sunday. They lost 6-2 to the University of Tampa, a Division II college team, by a score of 6-2 in their first game of the spring.

Cole Hamels: “I’m a Phillie”

Cole Hamels pitching 2010
via Wikimedia Commons

The trade rumors on Cole Hamels are sky rocketing. Hamels had a news conference Saturday afternoon in Clearwater, Florida.

“You can’t count us out. We do have a lot of guys who like to go out and compete at the highest level and expect to do so and expect their teammates to do so.”

Hamels commented to USA Today earlier this week about wanting to be traded from a “continuation of a conversation from January.”

“I’m a Phillie”, said Hamels.

Hamels signed a 6 years/$144M contract back in 2012. He will earn $22.5M each season for next 4 seasons with a 2019 option for $20M club option ($6M buy out). The option guaranteed if Hamels has 400 IP in 2017-18 (including 200 IP in 2018) and is not on the DL with shoulder or elbow injury at the end of the 2018 season. The deal includes $6 million signing bonus.

Ben Davis will join the Phillies broadcast team in 2015

Former MLB catcher Ben Davis is joining the Phillies broadcast team this season. Davis is replacing Jamie Moyer, who left last season with Comcast SportsNet. CSN announced the hiring on Thursday. Davis will be joining Tom McCarthy, Matt Stairs, Gregg Murphy and Mike Schmidt on the broadcasts.

Ben Davis’s statement to CSN:

“Growing up a Philadelphia Phillies fan, this is a dream come true,” Davis said. “I look forward to working with Mike, Matt, Tom and Gregg in the booth, and I thank Comcast SportsNet and the Phillies for this opportunity.”

Five Phillies go into spring training at 180 years of age

The Phillies officially began spring training today in Clearwater, Florida. Today, the pitchers and catchers reported. The teams first season workout will be held on Thursday. They are projected to have the worst season in history. The Sabermetrics system predicts the Phillies will finish with a 69-93 record. And to make matters worst, there are five players on the current roster that are 36 years of age.

Mike Adams – 36
Aaron Harang – 36
Cliff Lee – 36
Carlos Ruiz – 36
Chase Utley – 36

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