Originally written on Phillies Nation  |  Last updated 10/25/14
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In lockstep with Tim Brown’s piece at Yahoo! that states the Phillies will enter a “partial rebuild”, word from the Boston Globe’s Nick Cafardo came out today that the Kansas City Royals have begun internally discussing acquiring Chase Utley. On Thursday, we looked at prospective matches for a hypothetical Utley trade, citing the Yankees, Orioles, and Blue Jays as teams that may be interested. No rumors as to who the Royals would offer but the Royals do have three Baseball America Top 100 prospects in their system: RHP Kyle Zimmer (24), OF Bubba Starling (35), and RHP Yordano Ventura (85). That probably be a good place to start the discussion.  Starling and Ventura have struggled this season while Zimmer has good K totals (10.4 / 9 IP) but has had some bad luck (5.40 ERA). In addition to the Utley rumors, Rob Bradford of WEEI.com believes that third baseman Michael Young may be a good fit for the Red Sox. Bradford reported that while no “single conversation” has happened yet between...
2 Comments:
  • The problem is not Utley or Young. The HUGE problem is Ryan Howard, Jimmy Rollins and an awful bullpen. Utley and Young are productive. The bullpen has Rich Dubee as a pitching coach. The rest of the offense has Steve Henderson as a hitting coach. Money wasted on all and the Philly fans have to pay for the mistakes. People aren't going to the games now...
  • Still drawing 38K to a game. Who says people are not going to Phillies games? Wally Joiner is also a hitting coach. Utley and Young are free at the end of the season. If the Phils can get something for them, do it.
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