In what’s become a recurring theme this winter, a player took less money to play for the Los Angeles Dodgers.
Kenley Jansen and Sergio Romo declined larger financial compensation from the Washington Nationals and Tampa Bay Rays, respectively, to play at Chavez Ravine. Chase Utley will reportedly complete the trio.
Utley is said to have taken less $ to return to dodgers. Geography plus excellent team obvs pluses for long beach native.
— Jon Heyman (@JonHeyman) February 11, 2017
Utley believed to receive 2M plus incentives on dodgers deal
— Jon Heyman (@JonHeyman) February 12, 2017
Utley takes a $2 million deal that grows if he meets conditions, per Heyman. Utley received little in comparison to his career, and is signing up to play the least amount he has over his career, but he wanted to be a Dodger.
As our Trevor Vernola pointed out on Twitter, sometimes the best moves are the ones you don’t make.
If Greinke had re-signed with the Dodgers at that monster AAV he got, I feel like LA wouldn't have brought back JT or Jansen.
— Trevor Vernola (@tvern16) February 12, 2017
The Dodgers lost an ace last offseason, but retained an above-average starter, a closer, a third baseman, a second baseman and brought in a setup man this go-around. Their signees all had one thing in common:
They valued being a Dodger over everything else, including the money.