National sports writer Rob Maaddi was on the WIP Morning Show this morning discussing the Phillies and all of their options at the trade deadline. Chase Utley and the prospect of the Phillies trading their second baseman arose when Maaddi referenced a conversation he had this week with an American League executive.
Maaddi mentioned that he was having a conversation with an AL executive who said that Utley is viewed as a "loaner player, not a rental player." Maaddi mentioned that this particular executive was not the only executive around the league who shared this sentiment.
What's the difference? A rental player is a player who is in the last year of his contract and acquired mid-season by a team who needs a final piece or two to make a championship run but could end up resigning with the new team in the off-season. A loaner player is the same as a rental player but will most likely resign with the team that traded him.
In this case, general managers think that if the Phillies trade Chase Utley in July, he will probably resign with the Phillies in the fall. This will likely reduce any potential return the Phillies could get for him if they opted to try and move the former All-Star.
I've said it before - I would hate to see Utley go because I have this sentimental attachment to him as a Phillie and I love the way he approaches and plays the game. I know that isn't thinking critical about the situation but it's how I feel. If the price is right and the Phillies aren't going anywhere, then he will have to be moved.
Right now, they seem to be making a push back towards relevance and Utley is part of that. Plus, it doesn't sound like the Phillies will get good value for Utley so keep him! (If it counts for anything, Maaddi doesn't think Ruben Amaro Jr. is going to move Utley, either).
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