Many have thought the Philadelphia Phillies could part with long time second baseman Chase Utley come this month’s trade deadline, but that couldn’t be further from the truth if you believe beat writer Jim Salisbury.
The CSNPhilly.com scribe says that he believes both the Phillies and Utley are nearing a contract extension, though, says it’s nothing more than a ‘hunch':
Are the Phillies nearing a contract extension with Chase Utley?
The hunch here is that they might be.
Something seems to be brewing.
Again, it’s just a hunch, but we thought we’d share it anyway.
The Phillies are always super quiet when it comes to contract matters — sometimes they even fib — and Utley is intensely private.
While the Phillies themselves have struggled this season, Utley has not. The oft-injured infielder has hit a cool .286 with 13 home runs and 36 RBI in just 269 plate appearances. He also has 7 stolen bases and a .346 on base percentage.
There’s no word on how long an extension would be, but given Utley is a few months removed from turning 35, I can’t imagine it will be for more than two or three seasons at most.