If the Giants are interested in acquiring Phillies second baseman, they will now have to compete with all other interested teams.
The veteran second baseman reportedly cleared revocable waivers Tuesday according to Fox Sports' Ken Rosenthal.
It appears all 29 other MLB teams passed on the chance to have exclusive trading rights with the Phillies for Utley's services.
With Utley clearing waivers, the Phillies can discuss a possible trade with any team. Utley has 10 years of MLB service and at least five years with his current team, so he has the right to veto any deal the Phillies agree to.
On Sunday night, CSNPhilly.com's Jim Salisbury reported that the Giants had a scouting in San Diego all weekend to watch Utley play the Padres.
In 69 games for the Phillies this season, Utley is batting .190/.262/.294 with four home runs and 28 RBI. But in four games since returning from a six-week stay on the disabled list, Utley is hitting .385 with three doubles and three RBI.
Utley is making a total of $15 million this season and has a vesting option of $15 million for next season if he reaches 500 plate appearances this season. Entering Tuesday, Utley has 263 plate appearances so far this season.
Sources: Utley cleared waivers. Can be traded to any club. Has right to veto any deal as player with 10 years service, five with same team.— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) August 11, 2015