Hall of Famer Mike Schmidt not worried about Chase Utley

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Phillies second baseman Chase Utley wasn’t in Saturday’s lineup against the Mets with lefty Jon Niese on the hill. He has been in the starting lineup just once in his team’s last four games, a result of him batting .099/.175/.198 in 103 plate appearances to begin the 2015 season.

Former Phillies third baseman and Hall of Famer Mike Schmidt knows how quickly a player can lose it. He famously hit .117/.247/.167 over 73 plate appearances in May 1989 before announcing his retirement in between tears. He doesn’t see that same fate awaiting Utley, though. Via ESPN’s Jerry Crasnick:

Utley has degenerative conditions in both knees and is 36 years old. There’s no question his better days are behind him. However, he also has a .079 batting average on balls in play. Even if he’s completely lost it at the plate, we should still see a much higher BABIP than .079. There’s likely some truth in Schmidt’s optimism.

David Price has opted out of the 2020 season

David Price opts out of season
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David Price has opted out of the 2020 season. he’s the biggest star to do so to date. He said the that he will not play the 2020 season, citing health concerns because of the coronavirus pandemic.

Price joins Ryan Zimmerman and Joe Ross of the Washington Nationals, Ian Desmond of the Colorado Rockies, Mike Leake of the Arizona Diamondbacks, and free agent Tyson Ross on the list of players who have chosen not to take part in the season.

Price, who was traded from the Boston Red Sox to the Dodgers in a five-player deal in February, previously agreed to pay more than 200 Dodgers minor leaguers $1,000 each to make up for lost wages. He was poised to enter the fifth season of a seven-year, $217 million contract he signed with the Red Sox in December of 2015. Per the terms of the agreement between the MLBPA and MLB, Price will not be paid for the 2020 season.