We are still waiting on the Dodgers to make official their one-year deal with Chase Utley, but more details are starting to trickle out about his return to Los Angeles.
Utley will make $2 million in 2017 plus incentives, per Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports.
It wasn’t the only offer for Utley, who was said to be choosing between four teams. And apparently the Dodgers’ offer wasn’t the highest.
Utley is said to have taken less $ to return to dodgers. Geography plus excellent team obvs pluses for long beach native.— Jon Heyman (@JonHeyman) February 11, 2017
Utley made $7 million in 2016.
With Logan Forsythe on board to play second base, Utley’s role in 2017 figures to be greatly reduced after garnering 565 plate appearances in 2016.
Last spring, the Dodgers used Utley at both second base (59 innings) and third base (35 innings), though during the regular season Utley only played two total innings at the hot corner. This season, manager Dave Roberts told Bill Plunkett of the Orange County Register that Utley could occasionally spell Forsythe at second base, and when Justin Turner needs a day off Forsythe could shift to third base with Utley at second base.
Forsythe played only second base in 2016, but in his career has played 56 games at third base, including 35 starts.
More Roberts, per Plunkett:
"I'm going to make sure Chase gets his at-bats," Roberts said. "It's going to work itself out. But the big thing is Chase wanted to be here and be part of what we've got going on."
Once the Dodgers finalize their deal with Utley, they will need to make a corresponding move on the 40-man roster.