Chase Utley, one of the Dodgers’ most powerful clubhouse influences, is close to making a decision on his next stop.

Utley is considering four teams, according to Ken Rosenthal. The quartet consists of only contending teams.

Cleveland reportedly has interest in Utley. The Dodgers haven’t ruled out a reunion with the veteran. That may be half the list. We heard whispers the Rays and Braves could pursue Utley, but neither team qualifies under the “contender” label.

Utley’s most valuable purpose in L.A. is probably his leadership and role in mentoring the younger players. His play declined down the stretch, and with Logan Forsythe manning second, Utley’s playing time will take even more of a dip.

In the American League, Utley could extend his career via the designated hitter role. It’s unclear if that’s one of his interests.

Retaining Utley, if that’s the Dodgers’ goal, would be another offseason win for the organization. It kept its three biggest free agents in Rich Hill, Justin Turner and Kenley Jansen. It acquired a right-handed second baseman who leads off without denting its farm. Keeping Utley in as a bench bat could be the cherry on top with spring training two weeks away.

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2 Responses

  1. izzylangfan

    I love Utley but to me he doesn’t make much sense for the Dodgers. He would not be a utility infielder since he only plays second base. So he would get precious little use at second plus pinch hitting. I don’t think that is going to work. The Dodgers are probably thanking Utley for a job well done by pretending to be in contention for him.

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    • Jason Panelli

      He also played first and third last season as well.

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