Re: Utley gets seven-year, $85M extension
I'm a big fan of locking up players rather than going to arbitration. It removes a lot of uncertainty about payroll.
He just turned 28 in December, so he'll be 34 when his contract is up. A guy like Utley should age well -- he's got a great mix of skills and doesn't play an extremely demanding position like SS or CF.
The Phillies don't want to let another franchise player slip through their fingers like Scott Rolen did.
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