PHILADELPHIA (CBS/AP) — Chase Utley and the Phillies have agreed to a contract extension that could keep the five-time All-Star in Philadelphia through at least the 2015 season, two people familiar with the deal told The Associated Press on Wednesday night.
They spoke on condition of anonymity because the contract hasn’t been finalized. The deal reportedly is worth around $27 million over two seasons with multiple vesting options. Utley has battled knee injuries in the past, but that hasn’t been a problem this year.
MLB.com’s Todd Zolecki also reports the Phillies and Utley have reached an agreement.
A five-time All-Star, Utley would’ve been a free agent after the season. He repeatedly said he wants to stay in Philadelphia and Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. has often said keeping him is a priority.
Utley wasn’t in the starting lineup against the Chicago Cubs on Wednesday night. He was hitting .275 with 15 homers and 42 RBIs.
Ruben Amaro has repeatedly said that he wants Utley to be a Phillie for the rest of his career.
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