Re: Utley gets seven-year, $85M extension
Originally Posted by flyer85
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).
The Phillies backed themselves into a corner with Rolen and were forced to trade him. They choked and got only Placido Polanco, a couple wasted years of Mike Timlin, and "Where are they now?" candidate Bud Smith in return. They'd have been much happier paying Rolen and not having to sign David Bell to replace him.
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