Chase Utley and LA Dodgers finalize $7M, 1-year contract
Dec. 10, 2015
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Second baseman Chase Utley and the Los Angeles Dodgers have finalized a $7 million, one-year contract.
The 36-year-old was obtained from Philadelphia on Aug. 19 and hit .202 with three homers and nine RBIs in 34 games with the Dodgers. He created a controversy in the NL Division Series with a hard slide at second base that broke a leg of New York Mets shortstop Ruben Tejada.
Utley was suspended for two games, discipline that was held in abeyance pending an appeal by the players' association. After the World Series, Los Angeles declined an $11 million option, triggering a $2 million buyout that the Phillies agreed to reimburse the Dodgers as part of the trade.
Utley is a six-time All-Star who helped Philadelphia win the 2008 World Series. He has a .281 career batting average with 236 homers and 925 RBIs.
Los Angeles announced the agreement Wednesday.