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Phillies, Chase Utley talking about a 2-3 year extension

Jul 31, 2013, 11:15 AM EDT

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Jon Heyman reports that the Phillies and Chase Utley are discussing a 2-3 year extension worth around $13 million per season.

Utley had been talked about in trade rumors for quite a while, but the Phillies have apparently decided that it’s worth going forward — and maybe rebuilding or restructuring — around Utley.

Which isn’t the worst idea. No, he’s not the player he used to be and yes he will always have durability concerns. But at the moment he, along with Domonic Brown, is one of the few actual offensive threats Charlie Manuel has.  Utley is having his best season in years, hitting .277/.341/.498 and is playing solid defense.

  1. rcali - Jul 31, 2013 at 11:20 AM

    $13 million for injury prone 35 year old come December. This can not be true.

    • emoser - Jul 31, 2013 at 11:47 AM

      For 2-3 years, why not? Personally, I would love to see him retire with the Phillies. Under this deal he’ll either perform and give the team their money’s worth or be injured/decline and end up retiring. I can live with the risk of having 2-3 years of a bad contact as a worst case scenario for keeping a guy like Utley from signing with someone else.

      • baseballer28 - Aug 1, 2013 at 11:00 AM

        Yeah, not to mention his current expiring contract was pretty inexpensive to the team. 7 years, 85 million…he was probably worth twice as much during that time.

  2. greymares - Jul 31, 2013 at 11:27 AM

    I’m ok with it, i’m a big Utley fan and it’s not my money.

    • bleedgreen - Jul 31, 2013 at 11:31 AM

      Thats how I look at it. I think I’d frontload the hell out of the contract though. You’re not competing next year, so if the TCV of the contract is 3/39, give him $20Mil next year, then 12 and 7. Make it so that you have ONE year that it could be a terrible contract based on his performance/health.

      I realize that $20Million is a lot, but you’re going to be giving it to him anyway, and it makes it easier to trade in 2 years or easier to swallow if he falls off a cliff.

      • tcostant - Jul 31, 2013 at 11:34 AM

        Take a time value of money class – please!

      • paperlions - Jul 31, 2013 at 12:22 PM

        The only reason to front load it would be to make him more tradeable at the end, in case the Phillies aren’t competitive….but even that can be obviated by just picking up the salary….in short, no reason to EVER front load a contract….that is really just throwing money away.

      • larryhockett - Jul 31, 2013 at 1:50 PM

        You don’t need to do it like that. If you’re trying to trade him in year 2 or 3 and the contract is the sticking point, you offer to pay some of the contract at that time. You don’t pay it all in year one “just in case.”

  3. cruuuzcontrol - Jul 31, 2013 at 11:28 AM

    Personally, I’m most excited to see if Ruben Amaro gives him a no trade clause. Dude hands those things out like candy.

    • deepstblu - Jul 31, 2013 at 11:49 AM

      Utley will become a 10-and-5 guy sometime in August, so if he stays with the Phillies he will have no-trade rights anyway.

    • ditto65 - Jul 31, 2013 at 11:54 AM

      10-5 rights automatically give no-trade rights

      • cruuuzcontrol - Jul 31, 2013 at 12:01 PM

        Ah! Didn’t even think about 10 and 5 rights. Thanks. Just makes it easier for Ruben “NTC” Amaro. Less contract language to read.

  4. vicvega422 - Jul 31, 2013 at 11:53 AM

    Trade rumors that the media created… Not legit rumors.

  5. PFT=crap - Jul 31, 2013 at 1:00 PM

    $40 Million for a perennially injured, under-performing right side of your infield. With diminishing returns. For the next 3 years.

    Makes total sense.

    • bleedgreen - Jul 31, 2013 at 1:14 PM

      Utley is anything but under-performing. In 83 games last year, he posted a WAR of 3. This year, in 77 games, a WAR of 3. When he’s playing, he’s producing. End of discussion. The part that is concerning is the amount of game he’ll play to give you that production.

      • PFT=crap - Jul 31, 2013 at 4:06 PM

        I still like Utley and will concede he produces, but worthy of $15M per year? His current deal was earned on the heels of some monster years, and he continued that production up until a few years ago. But you’re deluding yourself if you think what he’s doing now and is capable of doing for the next three years is comparable.

  6. kahunanc - Jul 31, 2013 at 1:33 PM

    Utley to 1B.

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