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Reports: Chase Utley and Phillies Agree to Contract Extension

Aug 7, 2013, 7:32 PM EDT


Rejoice, city of Philadelphia! For Chase Utley will wear a Phillies uniform beyond the 2013 season.

Both Phillies beat writer Jim Salisbury and Phillies beat writer Todd Zolecki have sources saying Utley and the team have agreed to a contract extension.

No word on the details yet but you’ll have a few more seasons to admire that slicked back hair.

UPDATE: Ken Rosenthal adds that it will likely be a two-year guarantee with multiple vesting options.

The Phillies are close to signing Utley to a two-year extension with multiple vesting options, according to major-league sources. The total guaranteed money in the deal will be in the “high 20s,” one source said — between $25 million and $30 million.

More on the specifics as they become available…

  1. Tim - Aug 7, 2013 at 7:35 PM

    Rejoice? Look every one loves Utley but this team needs to rebuild. What happens if Asche and Franco pan out? Ruben “I don’t do 5 year plans” Amaro. A lot of you “fans” deserve Amaro as GM.

    • What - Aug 7, 2013 at 7:48 PM

      Reasons why you’re wrong and this is a good thing.

      1. Two years
      2. Utley
      3. Asche plays third
      4. Chase
      5. Franco will probably not be ready next year.
      6. Utley

      • Tim - Aug 7, 2013 at 8:12 PM

        Where does Hernandez play? Dear God you guys watch baseball with your fucking hearts instead of your heads.

      • Kevin - Aug 7, 2013 at 10:20 PM

        Where does Hernandez play? He plays in Lehigh Valley. Do you think Hernandez has the potential to be a top 5 second baseman in the league? Do you think Hernandez has to potential to be the leader of this team and teach all of the young guys how to prepare at this level? Because if you do I’d love to know what part of your body you watch baseball with.

      • jrg14 - Aug 8, 2013 at 7:33 AM

        Better yet, do you think Hernandez has the ability to be better than a utility guy? The answer is unlikely. Just because he’s one of our best prospects, doesn’t mean he’s good. It’s part of having a subpar farm system. Remember when Jason Donald and Lou Marson were two of our best prospects? Same thing.

    • Mike - Aug 7, 2013 at 8:48 PM

      Tim, you ignorant fool. It’s Chase Utley. His first hit was a Grand Slam. He knows Freddie Mitchell! He dropped the F bomb 5 years ago! He faked that throw and then got that guy at home during the World Series. Half the dudes in the Delaware Valley have a man crush on him. Harry the K declared him “The Man”. There’s a good possibility his farts contain the cure for cancer. Even when he strikes out, it still creates a rainbow!

  2. joe432 - Aug 7, 2013 at 7:37 PM

    I am happy to hear this. If there’s one “old” guy to keep around it’s him. Others will not be so happy because they also extended Howard and Jimmy. Those were mistakes (at least in terms of length). Not Chase’s fault Ruben signed those guys. We’ll see what the details of this are. If he can stay healthy he is still productive. And I understand that’s a big if.

    Go Phils

    • joe432 - Aug 7, 2013 at 7:44 PM

      Rosenthal says 2 years $20-25 million with many options. Could be longer than 2 if he stays healthy. Sounds about right to me. For once Ruben may have done good.

      • Mostel - Aug 7, 2013 at 9:30 PM

        NO! Ruben, much like with the Jimmy deal, paid above market for a declining player. Chase should have been 2 years / $18 million.

      • Matt S. - Aug 7, 2013 at 9:41 PM

        For once? Don’t get me wrong I’m not a RAJ fan but I’d say he did good getting Cliff Lee, Doc, and Roy Oswalt without trading away players who ever really amounted to anything.

  3. NickyK - Aug 7, 2013 at 9:43 PM

    Jimmy Rollins was the guy to let walk — his declining skills and his attitude. Chase needs to stay around to act as a proper role model for the new guys (instead of knuckleheads like Papelbon) — how to play, how to prepare, to usher in the new era. For those of you who think keeping Chase around is a bad idea and this team needs to rebuild, just stop it. Despite his own declining skills and missing 30 games, Chase Utley is still ranked 2nd in the NL among second basemen in WAR, 2nd in home runs, 3rd in extra base hits, and he leads the league in awesome. Next year, they’ll still have a chance to compete and I want Utley batting 3rd, not Caesar Hernandez.

    • Mostel - Aug 7, 2013 at 9:50 PM

      I want to keep Chase as well, but why do it for double the needed $?

      • NickyK - Aug 7, 2013 at 9:58 PM

        It’s tough to say what his market would have been. I believe his value — real or perceived — is still quite high in the eyes of GMs around the league. If it’s 2 yrs/26 mm, that’s below what he’s currently making anyway. I’m sure a GM out there would have paid Chase at least 3 yrs 40 million, and if you lowball Chase and he walks, then that’s not a good situation (see: Brian Dawkins).

      • Mostel - Aug 8, 2013 at 8:43 AM


        The Eagles didn’t low ball Dawkins, Denver foolishly overpaid him on a 4 year deal when he only gave them one good season. Apples and Oranges.

    • Steve - Aug 8, 2013 at 9:26 AM

      Yup. Rollins should have been gone two years ago.

  4. Jesus - Aug 7, 2013 at 9:44 PM

    Terrible god damn deal. I hope he swallows a big slab of chewing tobacco and gets ulcers for the entirety of his new contract.

  5. Mike - Aug 7, 2013 at 10:14 PM

    Utley will provide the Phillies with production at a fraction of the cost of similar players, in the sense that 3/2 is technically a fraction.

  6. mizz - Aug 8, 2013 at 12:22 AM

    It baffles me that fans are panning for the likes of Cesar Hernandez and Freddy Galvis instead of Utley. Why get two years of .275ish with 20+ homers and 70+ RBI’s with Utley when you can get .220′s with zero pop and marginally better defense with the likes of Galvis and Hernandez! No brainer!!!

  7. Mike - Aug 8, 2013 at 6:52 AM

    Utley is still productive, so I don’t have any issue with RAJ keeping him. The issues with this team are that every outfielder is horrific defensively (Brown may become a mediocre defender but Revere is bad and his arm is pathetic and Ruf, or whoever else pops up out there, is as bad at it gets in the field) and they overpaid for Howard and Papass and are stuck with both. Oh, and RAJ seems incapable of finding a quality reliever. They really need to rethink that outfield, you can’t win with defense that is that bad.

    • Jesus - Aug 8, 2013 at 7:48 AM

      Utley is a pile of trash and he shouldve been traded after 08. This guy is whats wrong with sports today.

  8. hitnrun - Aug 8, 2013 at 8:02 AM

    Strong troll game on this thread.

    Good deal here. What matters with these old players is the years. 2 years is fine. Nobody cares if he could have hardballed Chase and saved $3 or $6 million. That’s not relevant to the bad situation this club is in. What’s relevant is the island-GDP sized contracts given to a couch potato and a hood ornament of a closer.

    • Mostel - Aug 8, 2013 at 8:46 AM

      How is the extra $5 – $6 million per year not relevant when Ruben and this ownership group keeps throwning their arbitrary and needles budget in our faces every time they want to justify not adding the necessary pieces via free agency? Don’t you think the money difference we could have not paid Jimmy would have gotten us a better quality rent-a-bat for 2011 in addition to Pence and/or a better bullpen for 2012 when blown leads cost us the division title run?

      If the Phillies would spend beyond a salary level much lower than they could afford, I wouldn’t question the deal.

  9. Jesus - Aug 8, 2013 at 8:58 AM

    Chase Utley makes me think dirty thoughts, and my father says that “thou shalt not lie with another man”. That’s why I want the Phillies to trade him.

  10. galasso2586 - Aug 8, 2013 at 9:17 AM

    I like this deal. Not too much money and still less than he is making now. We need to keep Chase around for leadership and he’s still one of the most productive 2B in baseball. Everyone yelling to rebuild needs to look at the farm system. All of our top prospects are at least 1 more year away (Biddle probably 2, Franco 1, Joseph 1 or 2) and they don’t play 2B. Also, there’s no way we’re getting a Blue Chip prospect by trading Chase. We’d get a couple middle of the road prospects at best. We keep a team leader, face of the franchise, person that pretty much every fan is in love with, and do it for a reasonable price. This is a win.

    • Mostel - Aug 8, 2013 at 9:24 AM

      Mostly agreed, but the cost is still too high. It will prevent the Phillies from signing a better quality player elsewhere.

      • BenE. - Aug 8, 2013 at 10:26 AM

        I think the Papelbon and Howard contracts will prevent the Phillies from signing better talent elsewhere.

      • galasso2586 - Aug 8, 2013 at 11:56 AM

        They want to stay under the luxury tax, so they most likely won’t be going out there and signing any big FA in the next 2 years. Not trying to sound like a broken record, but until they sign the new TV deal this will be the contracts/players they go after.

        I can see them trying to extend Doc to a similar deal as well.

  11. thekrisheim - Aug 8, 2013 at 10:31 AM

    where do they hang the “retired as a phillie banners?” when is the parade?

    move on…

    • Enrico Campitelli Jr. - Aug 8, 2013 at 10:42 AM

      While I mostly agree with the sentiment, I don’t think the Phillies really had any better / younger options at 2B over the next 2 seasons.

  12. Dean DiGirolamo - Aug 8, 2013 at 5:57 PM

    You have to love Chase for all he’s given to and done for this team, but if you’re ever going to be competative again you have to start rebuilding now.


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