The Dodgers and Chase Utley have reportedly agreed to a one-year deal. Utley spent most of his career in Philadelphia, where he was a world champion. This will be Utley’s third year with the Dodgers. He has been a key veteran within their lineup and defense.
Chase Utley is coming back to the Dodgers on a one-year deal, according to a person with knowledge of the situation.
— Andy McCullough (@McCulloughTimes) February 11, 2017
He’s always had a great glove, which helps the Dodgers a lot with their defense. He makes for a good utility guy there. No shocker that he opted to stay in LA, as he is nearing the end of his HOF potential career. He is 38 and will turn 39 in December.
While his offensive numbers have not been “great” in his two years with the club, he has been a big part of the team with his role as a veteran among many great young up and coming guys like Corey Seager, Joc Pederson, Yasiel Puig, and others to come. His line of .242/.313/.390 isn’t too shabby for a man nearing his forties.
This move will benefit both sides; the money portion of the deal has not been released yet, but should be in the range of $3-5 million if all goes as planned for the club. The role he will be used in will mostly be a utility guy at this stage, but he’ll likely get a good amount of starts and will probably be a top of the order and bottom of the order guy when he does start for the Dodgers.