By Spike Eskin

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – As two losses to the Cardinals seem to illustrate the difference between contenders and non-contenders, the likelihood that the Phillies may trade a core player or two before next week’s deadline seems to increase. It doesn’t seem like one of those players however, will be Chase Utley.

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According to a report from CSN’s Jim Salisbury, the Phillies are talking to Chase Utley about a contract extension. Utley is in the last year of his contract, and without an extension will become an unrestricted free agent at the end of the season.

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After an injury riddled 2012, Utley has bounced back for the Phillies this year, as one of the team’s most consistent hitters along with Domonic Brown.

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