Sep 18, 2017; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Los Angeles Dodgers second baseman Chase Utley (26) acknowledges the crowd before his at bat against the Philadelphia Phillies at Citizens Bank Park. Mandatory Credit: Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports

Chase Utley Returns to Dodgers on Two-Year Deal

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After reports of Chase Utley re-signing with the Los Angeles Dodgers surfaced over the past week, the move is now official.

Utley signed a two-year deal with the reigning NL champs and he will be in camp when full-team workouts begin on Sunday.

Here’s more from the official press release:

Utley, 39, batted .236 with 20 doubles, four triples, eight home runs and 34 RBI in 127 games last year, his third season with the club.

Utley was originally acquired by Los Angeles from Philadelphia on Aug. 19, 2015 in exchange for two minor leaguers and has batted .242 with 17 home runs and 61 RBI in 172 games since joining the Dodgers.

The six-time All-Star (2006-10, 2014) and four-time National League Silver Slugger winner (2006-09) has a career .276 batting average with 258 home runs and 1011 RBI in 14 big league seasons with the Phillies (2003-15) and Dodgers (2015-17). Utley ranks among active second basemen in games played (1850, 3rd), runs (1085, 3rd), hits (1850, 3rd), doubles (401, 2nd), triples (57, 2nd), home runs (258, 2nd), RBI (1011, 2nd), walks (707, 2nd), on-base percentage (.359, 3rd), slugging percentage (.469, 2nd), extra-base hits (716, 2nd) and total bases (3139, 2nd).

Utley was originally selected by the Dodgers in the second round of the 1997 First-Year Player Draft out of Long Beach Poly High School, but did not sign and attended UCLA. He was then selected by the Phillies in the first round (15th overall) of the 2000 First-Year Player Draft and went on to rank among the club’s franchise leaders in games played (1551, 8th), hits (1623, 9th), runs (949, 6th), doubles (346, 5th), home runs (233, 6th), RBI (916, 7th) and walks (625, 10th).

Written by Vince Samperio


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