Chase Utley is a fan favorite in Philadelphia. What Phillies fan doesn’t love him? He is gritty, plays the game hard, and has come up huge in the clutch throughout his career. At 34 though, he is no longer the middle of the lineup threat that he once was and the Phillies need alter their plans and find a new hitter for the number 3 spot for 2013.
Utley’s production has seen a steady decline since 2009 when he hit .282 with 32 homeruns and drove in 93 runs. He has only 38 homers in the past three seasons combined and his highest RBI total during that time was 65 in 2012.
The argument is that his lack of production has been because of injury. But at this point in his career, his knee issues have become part of who he is. Unfortunately, the 30 homerun, 95 plus RBI Chase Utley is probably but a memory, but he can and probably will still be an important part of the Phillies offense. He just should not be in the 3 spot of the lineup anymore.
The Phillies should consider using Utley in the...