Chase Utley Signs 2-year, $27 Million Extension
PHILADELPHIA -- Chase Utley is staying in those red pinstripes.
Utley and the Phillies agreed to a contract that could keep the five-time All-Star second baseman in Philadelphia through at least the 2015 season, sources confirmed to ESPN on Wednesday.
The deal is worth $27 million for two seasons with multiple vesting options, sources told ESPN.com's Jayson Stark.
Utley has battled knee injuries in the past, but that hasn't been a problem this year. He missed a month with an oblique injury.
"We'd like to keep the man in our pinstripes," general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. said last week.
Before the All-Star break, Utley said: "I've never envisioned wearing another team's uniform."
Utley, who turns 35 on Dec. 17, would've been a free agent after the season. He's in the last year of an $85 million contract signed in January 2007.
Utley wasn't in the starting lineup against the Chicago Cubs on Wednesday night, but drove in the tying run with a pinch single in the seventh inning. Utley then knocked over catcher Dioner Navarro in a violent collision trying to score from second base on a single. Navarro held onto the ball and Utley was out. Navarro was carted off the field with a left leg injury.
Utley was hitting .277 with 15 homers and 43 RBIs in 84 games entering Wednesday. He hasn't played more than 115 games in a season since 2009 because of chronic knee problems.
Between 2005-09, Utley averaged .301, 29 homers and 101 RBIs. He hasn't hit more than 16 homers or driven in more than 65 runs since 2010.
Still, retaining Utley was a priority for Amaro. The gritty, hard-nosed Utley is one of the all-time fan favorites in Philadelphia, revered by fans who love tough players. He's a leader on a team that has struggled the past two years after winning five straight division titles and the 2008 World Series.