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Phillies | Chase Utley nears extension

The Philadelphia Phillies want to keep 2B Chase Utley as a "Phillie for life," according to general manager Ruben Amaro Jr., and they're very close to doing just that. The team is close to a two-year extension with multiple vesting options, according to major league sources. The total guaranteed money for the deal would be in the "high 20s", as in millions, according to one source. His extension would be for the 2014 and 2015 seasons, and possibly beyond if he remains healthy, the source said.

Fantasy Tip: This is a great deal for Utley, as Citizens Bank Park is a fantastic home stadium for his type of power. The big question is, can he stay healthy? He still has plenty left in the tank, but his propensity for injury has become a major concern for fantasy owners.

2013-08-07 17:01:06 | Source: - Ken Rosenthal

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