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Chase Utley is narrowing down his choices

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Unlike a lot of unsigned players, Chase Utley seems to have his choice of gigs. That’s probably a function of (a) his excellent reputation as a good clubhouse guy and hard worker; and (b) the fact that he probably isn’t asking for much dough and probably doesn’t expect a starting spot.

As for the choice of gigs, Ken Rosenthal reports that Utley has narrowed his choices down to four contending teams. We don’t know them all, but he was recently rumored to be talking to the Indians and the Dodgers have suggested that they have not ruled out bringing him back.

Utley is likely still useful if you give him good matchups and rest him properly. He posted a .252/.319/.396 batting line with 14 homers and 79 runs scored in 138 games in 2016. As a well-liked backup/mentor type, that will still play.

Report: Glen Perkins will retire from baseball

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According to MLB.com’s Rhett Bollinger, Twins GM Thad Levine told 1390 Granite City Sports that reliever Glen Perkins will retire.

Perkins, 34, has battled shoulder injuries over the last two years, limiting him to a total of 7 2/3 innings between 2016-17. His decision doesn’t come as much of a surprise given the circumstances. The Twins declined his $6.5 million club option back in October, making him a free agent.

Across parts of 12 seasons, all with the Twins, Perkins compiled a 3.88 ERA with 120 saves and a 504/158 K/BB ratio in 624 1/3 innings. He ranked among baseball’s best closers from 2013-15, racking up 102 of those saves with a 3.08 ERA. The lefty made the American League All-Star team in each of those three seasons.