Originally posted on Philly Sports World  |  Last updated 9/30/12

Photo Courtesy of Renee Cendrowski

I never really bought into the Chase Utley to third base move for a number of reasons. Ultimately, though, I saw the benefit of how it could have helped the Phillies if he was able to make that transition. That won’t be happening now as the Phillies have pulled the plug on the experiment.

The Phillies will likely decline the $5 million option that exists on Placido Polanco’s contract, making him a free agent and leaving the Phillies with some question marks at the hot corner. Polanco’s play alternated between excellent and non-existent as injuries began to take their toll on him. He has been a virtual non-factor this year and is currently on the disabled list again.

Kevin Frandsen has done a nice job for the Phillies at third, but ultimately, relying on him may not be the smartest move. He’s a nice player, but would probably be best relegated to a bench position. Frandsen and Freddy Galvis, who has not played third base before, have been mentioned as internal candidates for the team in 2013.

That leaves the Phillies to peruse a free agent market that is devoid of any impactful players at third. Had Chase Utley been able to make the transition to third, it would have been beneficial to the team and to him, provided he could give the team adequate defense at the position. Utley has appeared stronger this season after missing the first 3 months of the season. He’s had better power than he had last season and has at times displayed the ability to drive the ball like he has in the past. Playing third requires lightning quick reflexes, but could have saved some pounding on Utley’s delicate knees. Any power from Utley at third would certainly have been better than what the Phillies have gotten there the last several years, which is virtually none.

If there had been more time to experiment with Utley at third, maybe it could have worked. But sometime between late August when the idea was first broached and now, the Phillies climbed back into the race, before finally being eliminated last night with 5 games left to play. 5 or 6 games is certainly not enough time to figure out if Utley could be a viable option at third, and because of that, and not any other reason, the team cancelled the experiment.

As I said, I was never sold on the move, mainly because I don’t think Utley could make the throw across the diamond consistently. He sometimes struggles to make the throw to first from second, so how would that translate to throwing across the entire field? Nonetheless, it could have been an interesting premise.

It won’t be happening now.

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