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Phillies sign Chase Utley to two-year, $27 million extension

Aug 7, 2013, 8:01 PM EDT

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UPDATE, 8:01 p.m. ET: CBS Sports’ Jon Heyman says the base of the deal is two years, $27 million. That’s pretty good value for a player like Utley.

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7:32 p.m. ET: As first reported by CSNPhilly.com’s Jim Salisbury, the Phillies have reached agreement on a contract extension with second baseman Chase Utley. The specifics of the deal have not been made available, but FOX Sports’ Ken Rosenthal is hearing that it will be a two-year pact in the high $20 million range with multiple vesting options.

There was talk of Utley being shopped at last month’s July 31 trade deadline, but the Philadelphia front office wound up selling no one and will try to build around the current crop of Phillies players.

Utley is in the final season of a seven-year, $85 million contract that he signed in January 2007. The 34-year-old is still a highly productive hitter, boasting a .275/.336/.505 batting line with 15 home runs and 42 RBI in 83 games this year. Phillies GM Ruben Amaro Jr. wasn’t kidding about not wanting to rebuild.

  1. mp4philly - Aug 7, 2013 at 7:39 PM

    Ehhhh

  2. greymares - Aug 7, 2013 at 7:48 PM

    I like it, at least i know there will be 1 guy giving everything he has no matter how much or how little

    • bleedgreen - Aug 7, 2013 at 8:06 PM

      Exactly. This is the one guy on the team I will guaran-damn-tee you will NEVER quit.

    • jcmeyer10 - Aug 7, 2013 at 8:20 PM

      I dunno. I don’t really want to pay Thomas the Tank Engine that much money.

  3. dondada10 - Aug 7, 2013 at 7:49 PM

    Can he play in 280-300 games in those 2 years? That’s the big question.

    • bleedgreen - Aug 7, 2013 at 8:07 PM

      I think you can count on 250 at the least, short of something freakish happening. For all the doom and gloom about his knees, he’s still legging out double and triples, and even had an inside the parker last season. He can run just fine. His problem is that he his the leg weights FAR too hard in the off season. Thats what they thought the original injury was, just soreness from the sled press.

  4. tfilarski - Aug 7, 2013 at 8:17 PM

    Not sure what Almora Jr. is thinking. At least it is only 2 years

    • dondada10 - Aug 7, 2013 at 9:08 PM

      He’s still one of the better two-way second basemen in the game.

    • heyblueyoustink - Aug 7, 2013 at 9:43 PM

      Who the hell is Almora? Has my drinking binge been so much I missed a major decision maker?

  5. vicvega422 - Aug 7, 2013 at 8:53 PM

    Chase should finish his career as a Phillie and now he will… Now the “writers” on HBT can stfu about trade rumors that were created by them.. Not the Phillies… And I could care less how much.. Not my money… He is the perfect player to help usher in a new era.

  6. captrtp - Aug 7, 2013 at 9:05 PM

    Should of dumped him Amaro is an idiot Rule #1 don’t let your team get old. Should of let him go and Rollins

    • bleedgreen - Aug 7, 2013 at 9:12 PM

      And played, who exactly? I’d still rank Utley as a top 5-8 2nd baseman in the league. Theres NO ONE in the system to replace him at 2nd base, for cheap or not. If Ruf is the real deal, and we need 1/3 of the Hernandez/Asche/Franco trio to work out to have a fairly decent infield. Revere + Brown + … warm body is a decent outfield.

      • ryanrockzzz - Aug 8, 2013 at 7:30 AM

        The point is not who the Phillies would play. This team has to rebuild, and stop hanging on to players like Chase, Rollins etc. The Phillies are now going to have to start Utley somewhere for two years at that salary. For a guy with an injury history on a team going nowhere, it does not make much sense to keep him around, especially since he will miss time every year. I feel that when you are sentimental to players, this is how you get stuck in a mess, and that is exactly what the Phillies are doing. They mine as well bring back Michael Young on a one year deal, and re-sign Halladay and give it another go with the creaky old men.

      • bleedgreen - Aug 8, 2013 at 9:01 AM

        Don’t forget all the other ‘prospects’ that were had from RAJ’s other trades. Have ANY of them worked out within 2 years? I see none. The money isn’t an issue. The Phillies have the money. Utley keeps people interested in the team. If he wasn’t producing? Sure, let him walk. But he’s still producing very well. Michael Young is gone, but I can see signing Halladay for a 1 year prove-it deal with team options for year 2 and player option in year 3. If the reports are accurate, he’s physically back in top shape and pitching well in BP sessions/etc. We’ll see soon enough though.

  7. unclemosesgreen - Aug 7, 2013 at 9:19 PM

    This deal makes Robinson Cano much happier than Pedey’s.

    • Kevin S. - Aug 7, 2013 at 9:25 PM

      How so? It takes yet another potential suitor off the market, and it’s another second baseman signing a deal that hardly redefines the market.

      That said, I still think the difference between Cano being moderately rich and disgustingly rich is how interested the Dodgers are in starting a bidding war.

      • unclemosesgreen - Aug 7, 2013 at 9:50 PM

        Every deal is another piece of bargaining leverage for one side or the other. Cano isn’t going anywhere either so potential suitors other than LAD don’t matter.

  8. heyblueyoustink - Aug 7, 2013 at 9:48 PM

    I have no problems with a cornerstonre to a championship, being a Philly for life.

    Call me old fashioned, like NWA and Torri Aamos

  9. rcali - Aug 7, 2013 at 9:59 PM

    Wow. Well Philly, if you wonder why your team is heading in the wrong direction, here you go. Tampa doesn’t sign guys just because people like them.

    • paperlions - Aug 8, 2013 at 7:20 AM

      Actually, Tampa doesn’t re-sign anyone because they have limited funds, has nothing to do with either fondness nor productivity.

    • bleedgreen - Aug 8, 2013 at 9:02 AM

      But if someone was producing like Utley still is, they would resign them… if they could find the change in the couch cushions.

  10. 1rockyracoon - Aug 7, 2013 at 10:07 PM

    It’s better to let go of a player a year too soon than a year too late. Great, his knees didn’t bother him this year and he still missed a month. This seems like a way to keep the season ticket holders happy. You would be amazed at how many Phils fans worship at the altar of Chase.

  11. insidefastball - Aug 7, 2013 at 11:26 PM

    Something along the lines of 2 years $14 million would be far more reasonable for the current version of Utley.

  12. dirtyharry1971 - Aug 7, 2013 at 11:38 PM

    That’s too bad, I was hoping the Yanks would grab this guy instead of paying cano 150BIL over 10 years….

  13. eagles512 - Aug 8, 2013 at 12:21 AM

    Good move. Now bring back Halladay, go with a cheap/young outfield in Brown, Revere and Ruff. And sign a bat for 3B or catcher. (Or RF if no one is available) and for once, spend some money on the bench and middle relief. With their rotation, there’s no reason not to compete for Utley’s 2 years.

  14. rickycubane - Aug 8, 2013 at 12:45 AM

    Ugh.. It made more sense to keep a guy like pence and pay him than it does keeping chase and at that price its just not a good move.. I love chase.. Loyal and dedicated as he is.. But im loyal to the uniform not the players.. And this just keeps us from moving forward.. With all the biogenesis talk before the deadline YOU are an idiot if u believe RUEBEN when he says there was no good move to make.. If anyone was NOT cheating it was LEE and UTLEY and I’d bet my life there were good trades and young players to be had but Amaro is too scared to piss off fans.. Who aren’t showing up anymore anyway.. He needs to blow it up.. Guys dont even wanna be there anymore thats when u have to start all over around Domenic Brown

    • paperlions - Aug 8, 2013 at 7:22 AM

      Why?

      Utley right now is a far better player than Pence both at the plate and in the field.

      It is only a 2 year deal and it is relatively cheap….and there isn’t a better 2B option available in trade or as a FA. The deal is fine in terms of value and great in terms of length.

    • bleedgreen - Aug 8, 2013 at 9:05 AM

      It would only keep us from moving forward if Utley was blocking a stud in Lehigh Valley, but he’s not. Franco is a 3B, Hernandez is a SS, Asche is a 3B. He’s blocking no one worth bringing up or they’d already be here as his back up. And the only real option in FA is going to be Cano, and he’s going to be more costly than Utley.

  15. wmatthew760 - Aug 8, 2013 at 4:46 AM

    Why?

  16. 13arod - Aug 8, 2013 at 7:48 AM

    2 years 10 million i would have paid him at the maximam

    • bleedgreen - Aug 8, 2013 at 9:06 AM

      And you would have no 2B at that price. You’d be paying that to a 4A level player.

  17. delsj - Aug 8, 2013 at 9:57 AM

    Base 2yrs $27M sounds OK, but I will wait to see what else our GM, “Captain Fine Print”, put in this contract. Every big contract Ruben has ever dealt contains additional vesting options and/or buyouts that hide the true cost of the contract.

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