Report – Chase Utley Returns to Dodgers on One Year Deal
Former Philadelphia Phillies great Chase Utley will return to the Los Angeles Dodgers, according to Yahoo! MLB insider Jeff Passan.
Utley will sign a one year deal with the team at some point this week during the Winter Meetings in Nashville, TN. The Dodgers declined his $15 million option at the conclusion of the 2015 season which made him a free agent.
Utley, a six-time All-Star with the Phillies was traded to Los Angeles in August in exchange for OF Darnell Sweeney and RHP John Richy. With the Dodgers, Utley batted .202 with three home runs and nine RBI.
Utley then recorded three at bats for the Dodgers against the Mets in the NLDS and was suspended two games for a takeout slide that broke the leg of Rubén Tejada in Game 2.
Utley appealed the suspension and because the Dodgers did not advance in the postseason, the appeal was postponed to a later date. Utley still may have to serve the suspension at the start of the 2016 season.