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The Phillies are attempting to extend second baseman Chase Utley as opposed to trading him at this week's trade deadline. The 34-year old Utley is going to be a free agent at the end of the season, and Phillies GM Ruben Amaro said that he envisions Utley as a Phillie for life. On the surface, a contract extension for Utley seems silly. In recent years, he's had injuries to both of his knees, as well as to his ribs and his right thumb. The Phillies already have several large, ugly contracts on the books for next season, so why would they throw Utley's on top of the pile? 2013 will likely end up being Utley's best season since 2010 after he missed 138 games in 2011 and 2012. He's also going to be part of a crowded free agent class at second base after the season, along with Robinson Cano, Kelly Johnson, and Omar Infante. With multiple options on the table, Utley could end up getting a lesser contract than if he were the cream of the second base crop, whic...
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