Chase Utley Said to Reach Extension With Phillies, AP ReportsNancy Kercheval
Chase Utley reached an agreement on a contract extension that will keep the second baseman with the Philadelphia Phillies through 2015, the Associated Press said.
The five-time All-Star’s deal is worth $27 million over two seasons with multiple vesting options, AP said, citing people familiar with the transaction.
Utley, 34, is in the final year of an $85 million contract signed in January 2007 and would have become a free agent after the Major League Baseball season, AP said.
Utley hit a run-scoring single in the seventh inning and flied out to center in the ninth in the Phillies 5-2 loss to the Chicago Cubs last night.
As he tried to score from second base in the seventh inning, Utley knocked over catcher Dioner Navarro, who got the runner out before being carted off the field with a left ankle injury. X-rays were negative and Navarro was diagnosed with a bruise, the Cubs said on their website.
In 84 games this season, Utley is hitting .277 with 15 homers and 43 runs batted in. He hasn’t played more than 115 games in a season since 2009 because of chronic knee problems.