MLB.com’s Alden Gonzalez reports that Phillies second baseman Chase Utley is “easily attainable” if an acquiring team is willing to take on his remaining contract.
Utley’s contract is quite interesting: he signed a two-year, $27 million extension with the Phillies in August 2013, but it came with a $2 million buyout and three vesting options for the 2016-18 seasons, which would pay him $15 million each season. For those options to vest, Utley would have to accrue 500 or more plate appearances in the preceding season. If any of the three options don’t vest, they become team options worth between $5-11 million depending on how many days on the disabled list he spent in the previous season. Utley is earning $15 million this season, which includes a $10 million base salary plus a $5 million incentive he reached last season due to spending 15 or fewer days on the disabled list with a knee injury.
Utley also has 10-and-5 rights, which means he has to consent to a trade to any team. He has said multiple times that he wants to stay in Philadelphia, but as he’s 36 years old and is staring down the barrel of a long summer with the Phillies, he may change his tune if given an opportunity to reach the post-season again. Utley appeared in 155 games last season, finishing with a .270/.339/.407 slash line along with 11 home runs, 78 RBI, and 10 stolen bases. However, he cooled off considerably in the final four months of the season, posting a .667 OPS since the start of June through the end of the regular season.