Add the Angels to a growing list of teams interested in trading for
The Angels pursued Utley, 36, in
Their interest intensified when it became clear Utley would not reach the 500 plate appearances needed this year for his $15-million option to vest in 2016. The left-handed-hitting Utley, who will be a free agent next winter, is batting .196 with a .266 on-base percentage overall but was hampered by the ankle injury all season.
The former Long Beach Poly High and UCLA standout would be a defensive upgrade over current second baseman
Utley reportedly has cleared waivers and, because he has 10 years in the major leagues and five with one team, can veto any trade. It was also reported that Utley would only agree to a deal to a team that would assure him playing time.