The Los Angeles Dodgers are the front-runners to acquire second baseman Chase Utley from the Philadelphia Phillies, as first reported by MLB.com on Tuesday.

FOX Sports Insider Ken Rosenthal reported earlier Tuesday that the situation was "coming to a head."

Utley, 36, has spent his entire 13-year major-league career with the Phillies, who drafted him 15th overall in 2000. He has no-trade protection and must approve any deal.

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Limited to 73 games this season because of injuries, Utley is hitting .217/.284/.333 with five homers and 30 RBI. Since coming off the DL on Aug. 7, he is batting .484 (15 for 31) with a homer, five doubles and five RBI.

If traded to the Dodgers, Utley would help fill the void at second base created by Howie Kendrick's hamstring injury. Kendrick currently is on the 15-day disabled list.

The Chicago Cubs, New York Yankees, San Francisco Giants and Los Angeles Angels are among the other teams that are rumored to have interest in Utley.