The deal is for 7 years making Utley a Phillie through 2013. This was step one in locking up one of the best infields this city may ever see. Jimmy Rollins and Chase got their long term deals, now all eyes will surely turn to the potential payday The Big Man at first will receive.
I liked Ruben Amaro Jr.'s take.
"We view Chase as not only a great second baseman but also one of the
top 10-15 players in the game," Phillies assistant general manager
Ruben Amaro Jr. said. "He's a hard-nosed, full-throttle player who
exemplifies the spirit of Philadelphia. He is tailor-made for this city
and we couldn't be happier to lock him up for years to come."
The Phillies got this one right.