Originally Posted by Johnny Footstool
The Phillies don't want to let another franchise player slip through their fingers like Scott Rolen did.
they chose to trade Rolen, he was much younger than Utley when he came up. With all the injury trouble Rolen has had in STL I would think they are glad they are not paying him that much cash. I have little doubt that they would want to be paying Rolen now. The Utley deal is a little mystifying because they could keep him for the next 4 years without a LT commitment.
I think this issue is the one that would drive the Reds to trade Dunn. He is going to want a 5+ year deal after 2008 and don't think the Reds will offer that length of a contract(and I wouldn't either).