Chase Utley Appears To Be Headed Back To Los Angeles Dodgers


The 2018 season will be Utley's third full season with the Dodgers. He has seen his role reduced, however, as he managed 353 plate appearances over 127 games in 2017 - a ratio illustrating how the Dodgers have greatly limited his exposure to left-handed pitchers, to the extent that he faced righties in 92 percent of his trips to the dish. Perhaps the second year is a team option of sorts.

Although Utley was successful in the postseason with the Phillies, including his five-home run, eight-RBI performance during the 2009 World Series against the New York Yankees, he has largely struggled in the postseason with the Dodgers. His value for the Dodgers, however, is not restricted to the diamond - he has been a very important member of the clubhouse, as his work ethic, competitiveness, and hard-nosed play are second to none. He is expected to remain in a utility man/pinch hitter role, earning starts spelling Logan Forsythe at second and Cody Bellinger at first.

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In addition to his 68 starts at second base past year, Utley also started 10 games at first base. Chase leads by example by playing each play like the season is on the line. "We do have some young players that we're looking to get more at-bats for and create more opportunities for".

Obviously, re-signing the 39-year old Utley doesn't move the needle much for the Dodgers. However, he does provide infield depth as well as leadership in the clubhouse. A reunion with Chase Utley should be very good for the team and should make fans very happy.