Angels negotiating new television deal with FOX Sports

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For months now the Dodgers’ attempts to get a new television contract have made headlines, but Bill Shaikin of the Los Angeles Times reports that the Angels may be nearing a new TV deal of their own with FOX Sports.

According Shaikin in a recent court filing on behalf of MLB media consultant Ed Desser noted that “the Los Angeles Angels are expected to close a new transaction.”

Desser, the Angels, and FOX Sports declined to elaborate further, but a source told Shaikin that the two sides “have had dialogue about a new deal for an extended period of time.”

Shaikin speculates that the Angels might be able to secure a deal similar to the 20-year, $1.6 billion commitment FOX Sports gave the Rangers last year, which would be an increase of about $30 million per season compared to their current deal and could have a huge impact on the team’s future payroll.

Phillies considering Chase Utley for bench coach

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Sports radio personality Howard Eskin is hearing a fun rumor that the Philadelphia Phillies are considering Chase Utley to be their bench coach.

Utley hasn’t retired yet, but he is almost 39, is a free agent and is unlikely to find anything beyond a bench role at best at this point. Time for a career change? Who knows, as this popping up over Thanksgiving makes it hard to confirm or deny one way or the other. It’s fun to think about, though. Over the past four or five years, as Utley’s production has declined, he has been widely praised as a good clubhouse presence and mentor, so it would not be hard to imagine him transitioning into a formal coaching role.

Utley, of course, played for the Phillies for thirteen seasons. If he’s going to break into coaching, he’s most likely to do it there.