Yesterday, the Dodgers resigned veteran Chase Utley to a one year deal worth around $7 mil. The deal was first reported by Jeff Passan, then Jon Heyman reported the salary with Ken Rosenthal closing the deal out.
First off, people around the MLB are scratching their heads because Utley has looked to have fallen off the map with a bad, but injury plagued 2015 season. Utley is 36 years old and is close to the end of his career. Now, smart move by Utley to stay with the Dodgers because they need a second baseman with Howie Kendrick leaving to the open market.
Now, Utley will most likely start at second base, but could platoon if the Dodgers get a right handed batting second baseman to dominate against left handed pitching.
In addition, Utley’s 2015 season did not go his way. Utley’s season stats combined from Philadelphia and Los Angeles were pitiful. Utley had a slash line of .212/.286/.343/.629 with 8 homers and drove in 39 RBIs. Utley only played 107 games with 423 plate appearances.
Finally, Utley staying as a one year stop gap gives those top second base prospects another year to get ready for when they are called upon on. Those prospects include Jose Pereza (acquired in trade with Braves) and utility man Enrique “Kike” Hernandez. Those two prospects had played in the majors in 2015, but they could use some more time developing before taking over the second base job.