Utley is a throwback type of hard playing, silent type that gets the job done and plays his heart out on the baseball field
Chase Utley has reached the half way point in his plate appearances vesting option for next year, he currently has 249 PA on the year. If he reaches 500 PA, Utley automatically gets his contract vested for next year at $15M.
With the kind of season that Chase is having you kind of think the Phillies won’t want that option to vest.
Utley has been in 65 games for the Phillies so far, he has had a batting average under .200 for a very long time, right now he’s at .179 on the year.
Yesterday, Chase Utley was put on the DL for the first time in 2015 and it’s looking like he may not make that vesting option but it doesn’t mean the Phillies wouldn’t retain him in 2016. Utley’s pay would just be lowered and with the kind of season he’s having the Phils would renew his next year at $5M-$11M, he may understand that he isn’t going to reach that $15M vesting option anyway.
The last time Chase Utley dipped below 500 PA was in 2012, when he appeared in 83 games for the team. Utley had knee problems that looked as if his career was in jeopardy at that point. He miraculously got much better after that season and made a nice return in 2013 and 2014.
Some of Chase Utley’s numbers with the Phillies:
|162 Game Avg.||162||691||600||99||169||36||5||24||96||.281|