It appears Chase Utley's rehabilitation has stalled and he's off to see a knee specialist. At this point it's looking more and more unlikely that he'll start the season with the team.
Buster Olney tweeted the following earlier this morning...
If PHI wants to trade for 2B, some names mentioned by rival evaluators for possibly being options: Blake DeWitt, m. Izturis, Getz, Callaspo
I would add Jeff Baker to that list although that would be less likely.
The Cubs, like most teams, are starting to get a clearer picture of what their roster is going to look like but they have a decision to make between Adrian Cardenas and Blake DeWitt. Keeping one could well mean losing the other as DeWitt needs a spot on the 40 man roster. DeWitt looked like the early favorite and has the better numbers overall (.333/.440/.476 with 1 HR and 1 SB), but Cardenas has been the better player for the last few days, so the decision won't be easy.
DeWitt (26) and Cardenas (24) are still young and fit the Cubs youthful direction, but Cardenas has more cost controlled years left.
The Cubs really can't keep both since they are very similar players. Both hit left-handed, both are primarily second baseman who can also play 3rd and the OF corners, and both are considered good bench bats who are below average defensively.
As far as the Phillies are concerned, they're a win-now team and their preference would be the more proven Blake DeWitt or, possibly, Jeff Baker. Last year when Utley got hut, they turned to career minor leaguer Michael Martinez, who hit .196 in 209 ABs last season.
DeWitt would appear to be the better option and will probably come cheaper because he's not on the Cubs 40 man roster. The Cubs have Cardenas as a capable replacement. Baker figures to have an important role for the Cubs as a RH bat off the bench that can spell Ian Stewart and Bryan LaHair against some lefties. Still, if a team prefers him enough over DeWitt to give up a better prospect, the Cubs may trade him instead.
Considering the Phillies are more likely just looking for a stopgap, DeWitt probably makes the most sense. The deal could involve a low-level prospect and/or perhaps the two teams can even work a deal so that the Cubs can keep Lendy Castillo in the minors for the season instead of forcing him to stay in the majors all year. That would seem to solve two of the Cubs roster management problems with one swift stroke.
Per Ruben Amaro, however, the Phillies are leaning toward going with Freddy Galvis until Utley returns. The 22 year old Galvis is hitting .278 this spring and is rated the Phillies 6th best prospect by Baseball America. He would provide the Phillies with an excellent defender but a questionable bat. Galvis finished 2011 at AAA where had 121 ABs and hit .298. At AA, he hit .273 with 8 HRs.