Monday, January 22, 2007

Phillies Reward Chase Utley

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In a great move, the Phillies gave Chase Utley the contract he deserved:

PHILADELPHIA -- Chase Utley exchanged marriage vows with his fiancée on Saturday afternoon.

A day later, the All-Star second baseman made a similar long-term commitment to the Phillies. Though much shorter than a marriage, Utley said "I do" to a seven-year, $85 million contract extension that will keep him in red pinstripes through 2013. Though specifics weren't announced, the deal averages $12.14 million per season.

Lucky girl bagging Chase. Anyway, the Phillies are in the midst of solidifying the right side of their infield for the long term. I expect a long-term contract to come Ryan Howard's way any day now. With Jimmy Rollins as Utley's double play partner, I also expect good things from that combo.

Pitchers and catchers report in a month or so. Amen.

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