Re: Utley gets seven-year, $85M extension
seeing as he is already 28, the Phillies went way out on a limb. he will be 35 by the time the contract ends. MOST(especially non-steroid induced ones) tend to tail of in their early 30s. The Phillies would have been better off controlling him with arbitration through his age 30(and maybe age 31) season then deciding what level of perfromance they could expect and how much to pay him from that point on. They went out and took a huge risk in those out years maybe because Gillick is unlikely to be around at that point.
I think the Reds learned their lesson about very long contracts from the Griffey ordeal.
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