Monday, January 22, 2007
NEWS - UTLEY SIGNED TO EXTENSION
7 years, $85 million. Let me repeat: 7 years, $85 million. Putting this deal in context, this really is a bargain for the Phillies. A quick look at his numbers in his two full-time years (an average of 30HR, 103RBI, 15SB and a .298 average) and his age (28) next year suggest that we can expect similar numbers for the next few years. Given Utley's manner of play (reckless may be the best way to describe it), there is always concern for injury and concern for his long term potential (see his post-All Star break numbers for the last two years, where there is a considerable wear-down effect). Years 5, 6 and 7 may be a concern. Nonetheless, this is an excellent move for the Phillies. Utley will be a top 3 second baseman in fantasy for years to come, and you will pay a premium to own him.