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Utley is officially staying with the Phillies, off the trade market

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By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher

Chase Utley is staying put. The Philadelphia Phillies second baseman has been mentioned in trade rumors for nearly a month.

But general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. insisted on Utley being a lifetime Phillie.

Philadelphia Phillies star Chase Utley runs the bases against the New York Mets
Chase Utley runs the bases against the New York Mets (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)

That will be the case, at least for now, as the Phillies have realized that it is better to keep Utley than trade him away. They have advised other teams that he is officially off the market.

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Utley, a free agent at the end of the season, is expected to sign a new contract in the coming weeks, according to media reports. Contract talks between the two sides have been ongoing.

Utley’s new deal could be 3-years, putting Chase in a Phillies jersey through his 37th birthday. He is making $15 million this year in the final year of a 7-year, $85 million dollar contract that he signed in January 2007.

This season, he has a .274 batting average with 13 home runs and 36 RBIs. His last home run came on July 20th against the New York Mets, which was also the last day that he had an RBI.

He has not recorded a home run or an RBI in the past 7 games.

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Utley last played for the in the Phillies 12-4 loss to the Detroit Tigers. In the contest, he was 0-for-3 with a walk.

With Utley staying with the team, he may play for the team when they return on July 30th. The Phillies host the San Francisco Giants on Tuesday.

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Anthony Caruso III
Anthony Caruso III
Anthony Caruso III is the Publisher of The Capital Sports Report. He has been in the Journalism field since August 2002. Since that time, Mr. Caruso has covered many marquee events. This includes 13 Heisman Trophy ceremonies, 2 Little World Series events, and one Army-Navy College Football game.
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