Logan Forsythe is the Dodgers’ second baseman. That doesn’t mean Chase Utley won’t return in a reserve role.
Dave Roberts said the organization would’ve re-signed Utley months ago if the lineup wasn’t so lefty heavy. He also said this doesn’t necessarily lose the door on Utley in L.A.
Andrew Friedman said the Dodgers would have re-signed Chase Utley months ago if lineup wasn't so LHH-heavy. But "never say never," he said.
— Andy McCullough (@McCulloughTimes) January 24, 2017
Friedman left the door open to re-signing Chase Utley for bench role. "Never say never with a guy like Chase," he said.
— Ken Gurnick (@kengurnick) January 24, 2017
Roberts once called Utley his favorite player to coach. Since acquiring him from Philadelphia, Utley has been a leader in the clubhouse, provided the team with a shot of energy and mentored Rookie of The Year Corey Seager. Utley’s play fell off a cliff last summer, leaving many to assume he was finished with the Dodgers after the season.
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Utley would be an ideal bench player given the aforementioned traits. But he may have a couple of other suitors.
— Jon Morosi (@jonmorosi) January 24, 2017
Would Utley rather start on a rebuilding Rays or Braves team, or play sparingly as a backup on the contending Dodgers? That may determine his next stop.
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