Fri, 09 Aug 2013 07:30:30 -0700
Updating previous reports, Philadelphia Phillies 2B Chase Utley can earn an extra $5 million in his new deal if he is not on the disabled list for more than 15 days due to a knee injury. If he reaches 500 plate appearances in 2015, as a 36-year-old, he'll kick in a $15 million option. Only one player has reached that threshold who was 36 or older since 2007.
Thu, 08 Aug 2013 12:39:04 -0700
Philadelphia Phillies 2B Chase Utley's two-year, $27 million extension gives him the chance to max out at five years and $75 million, according to major league sources. He has three vesting options that will each be worth $15 million, on top of the two guaranteed years. Each of the options will vest at 500 plate appearances, a number that he hasn't reached since 2009. He'll get $15 million guaranteed next year and $10 million in 2015. If Utley fails to reach 500 plate appearances in any of those years, his option will revert to a conditional team option, and the value of those options will range from $5 million to $11 million.
Thu, 08 Aug 2013 10:32:11 -0700
The Philadelphia Phillies agreed to an extension with 2B Chase Utley that will keep him around through at least the 2015 season. The deal will be worth $27 million for two years with multiple vesting options. Utley is currently in the last year of an $85 million deal he signed in January of 2007.
Wed, 07 Aug 2013 19:33:20 -0700
Chicago Cubs C Dioner Navarro (ankle) left the game Wednesday, Aug. 7, against the Philadelphia Phillies after a home-plate collision with 2B Chase Utley resulted in a right leg injury. Navarro had X-rays, and the tests were negative. He is being treated for a contusion.
Fantasy Tip: The injury looked worse than it apparently has turned out to be, as Navarro was originally carted off and on the telecast they feared a possible break. Look for Welington Castillo to get the starting nod Thursday in the series finale.
Wed, 07 Aug 2013 17:01:06 -0700
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.
Mon, 29 Jul 2013 07:40:51 -0700
The Philadelphia Phillies are telling teams 2B Chase Utley is unavailable. The two sides are working on an extension.
Thu, 25 Jul 2013 06:03:46 -0700
The Philadelphia Phillies could be close to an extension with 2B Chase Utley.
Wed, 10 Jul 2013 15:24:49 -0700
Philadelphia Phillies 2B Chase Utley and his representation could be approached by the team's front office about an extension, according to general manager Ruben Amaro Jr., although it's not something the team is pushing for presently. "We may have some discussions with him, out of respect for him and what he meant to our organization," Amaro said. "We can always bring him back if we trade him. That's a possibility. But I don't really want him to leave."
Fantasy Tip: Amaro said he expects the Phils' decision to buy or sell to go down to the wire, barring a significant streak one way or another. It sounds like he's willing to part with Utley in the short term as long as he gets a shot to bring him back, on the club's terms. How likely that is, we'll see, but Utley and the club managed his health well this year, a building block for Utley's final seasons.
Tue, 02 Jul 2013 06:12:30 -0700
The Los Angeles Dodgers are rumored to be interested in Philadelphia Phillies 2B Chase Utley.
Sat, 29 Jun 2013 09:29:18 -0700
Some people believe the Kansas City Royals could look to trade for Philadelphia Phillies 2B Chase Utley if he becomes available this season.