Chase Utley reportedly rejoined the Dodgers on Friday night. Contract details are slowly coming forward.
Utley gets $2 million with additional incentives, per Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports.
Utley believed to receive 2M plus incentives on dodgers deal
— Jon Heyman (@JonHeyman) February 12, 2017
It will be Utley’s third season back in his native Southern California. Despite adding Logan Forsythe, the front office never wavered on its public praise for Utley. He reportedly chose L.A. over three other contenders who haven’t been identified.
The 38-year-old is considered 2016 Rookie of The Year and 2017 MVP candidate Corey Seager’s personal mentor. Utley’s play dropped off last season, however, and he finished with a .252/.319/.396 line in 138 games.
Dave Roberts’ management of Utley’s playing time will be an interesting watch. Utley is strictly a second baseman. His at-bats will come in bulk from pinch-hitting situations, plus spelling Forsythe.
For Utley, it appears simple: If the Dodgers win the World Series in 2017, he wanted to be part of it.