Los Angeles Dodgers close to signing Chase Utley to a new deal

The Los Angeles Dodgers are close to signing second baseman Chase Utley. Utley was acquired by the team this past season.

However, a month ago, the team declined his option. They decline his option the same time they declined the options for pitchers Bronson Arroyo and Joel Peralta.

Since he’s about to be 37-years-old this month, it’ll likely be a one-year deal as the team. It’ll likely be less than the $11 million salary that the team declined. When the team did decline his option, he did receive a $2 million buyout.

The Dodgers acquired Utley in a trade with the Philadelphia Phillies in August. Utley was the final major trade by Ruben Amaro Jr. before he was left the team in September as the team rebuilds.

After being acquired, he appeared in 34 games. He had a .202 batting average with three home runs and nine RBI’s.

He was the Phillies 2000 first-round draft pick out of the UCLA Bruins.

He spent 13-years with the Phillies. He had a .281 batting average with 236 home runs and 925 RBI’s in 1,551 games in the red and white uniform.

According to Baseball Reference projections says he’ll have a .247 batting average with 11 home runs and 52 RBI’s.

The Dodgers will continue to add pitching once they sign Utley. Since the top pitchers are off the market, they’ll attempt to add middle-tier pitchers in replacing top pitcher Zack Greinke, who recently signed with the Arizona Diamondbacks.

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