Originally posted on Macho Row  |  Last updated 8/8/13
We knew for a while now the Phillies were working on getting Chase Utley under contract and prevent him from hitting the free agent market for 2014. Utley is now reported to be under contract through 2015 after agreeing to a two-year contract extension worth between $25 and $30 million according to multiple reports, which secures the infield core of Jimmy Rollins, Utley and Ryan Howard for 2014 and perhaps 2015. Now that Utley's contract is taken care of, what's next for Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro? Will other free agents to be receive a contract extension before the free agent market opens up? If so, which players are coming back to try and make one more run under this core? Or is it time for the franchise to begin looking to the future? Here are some questions Amaro and the Phillies need to address between now and the end of the regular season, before free agency opens. 1. Is Charlie Manuel still the manager? Many believe Charlie Manuel is on his last ride as ...
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