Phillies deal Chase Utley to the LA Dodgers

Written by WITF Staff Report and The Associated Press | Aug 20, 2015 3:27 AM

Philadelphia Phillies' Chase Utley acknowledges cheers from the crowd as he walks off the field after a baseball game against the Toronto Blue Jays, Wednesday in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

(Philadelphia) -- One of the most accomplished and popular players in Philadelphia Phillies history has been traded.

Second baseman Chase Utley is headed to the LA Dodgers, where he will be  reuniting with former teammate Jimmy Rollins.

The Phillies sent the six-time All-Star second baseman to LA for Triple-A outfielder Darnell Sweeney and Single-A right-hander John Richy.

Utley didn't play in the Phillies' 7-4 win over Toronto, but got a standing ovation afterward and he tipped his cap to the crowd.

Afterward, he said he was grateful for his time in Philadelphia.

"It's going to be difficult not seeing the Phillies' fans out there and their support," he says. "I just hope they know how much I appreciate their support over the years.

Utley will be joining a team that leads the National League Western Division. He's looking forward for a chance to play in the postseason again.

"When you're chasing down, trying to get to the playoffs in September, there's nothing like it," he says. "Obviously, we experienced that here a few years back for awhile and it was a good time."

Utley had to waive his no-trade rights to go to his hometown Dodgers and he already cleared waivers.

He joins Rollins, the franchise's all-time hits leader and his double-play partner for 12 seasons.

The Dodgers lost second baseman Howie Kendrick to a hamstring injury earlier this month.

Utley has a hit in eight straight games while batting .484 since coming off the disabled list (right ankle inflammation) on August 7.


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