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Chase Utley went 0-for-3 on Monday, dropping his spring average to .184.

While Jimmy Rollins, Ryan Howard, the third-base situation and outfield depth have all been topics of concerns for Phillies followers this spring, Utley has quietly hit worse than anyone: he is 9-for-49 with just one extra-base hit (a double) and one walk. It's not like Utley is typically a slow starter, either: he finished with OPSs of .859 and .875 the last two springs. Right now he's at .420. We're not going to panic or anything, but it'd be nice to see him start to pick it up these next few days.

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Chase Utley homered and drove in four runs for the second straight night in Tuesday's win over the Marlins.

He had three hits Tuesday after getting two Monday. Utley had gone 22 games without a longball before Monday, but he's now hitting .371 with 13 RBI over his last nine contests. The 34-year-old's line is up to .280/.346/.485 for the season.

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Chase Utley finished 2-for-5 with a three-run homer and four RBI against the Marlins on Monday.

Utley hadn't been all that productive since signing his extension last month, but maybe he's starting to pick it up again now with eight RBI in his last five games. The homer off Sam Dyson was his first since Aug. 21 and second since Aug. 2.

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Chase Utley went 3-for-4 with a double and a run scored against the Braves on Tuesday.

Utley was the Phillies' lone source of offense against Kris Medlen and the Braves, picking up three of the team's six hits on the night. The double was his 20th of the season, and the second baseman is hitting .286/.346/.512 on the year. He's been a rare bright spot for the Phillies this season.

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Chase Utley went 2-for-4 with an RBI single and a run scored Friday against the Nationals.

Utley had half of the Phillies' hits on the night. The newly-extended second baseman is hitting .324 since the All-Star break and now owns a .283/.344/.516 batting line to go along with 15 home runs, 45 RBI and seven stolen bases. The 34-year-old has been a fine bargain for those who took a chance on his health in fantasy leagues.

Chase Utley 2B PHI 9 Months

Phillies signed 2B Chase Utley to a two-year, $27 million contract extension with $15 million vesting options for the 2016, 2017 and 2018 seasons.

The deal will max out at five years, $75 million if Utley hits all of the benchmarks. For each of those options to vest, the 34-year-old second baseman has to reach 500 plate appearances in the season prior. He hasn't exceeded 500 plate appearances since 2009. It's a very team-friendly contract for a still-productive player.

Chase Utley 2B PHI 9 Months

Chasey Utley's two-year extension with the Phillies is worth $27 guaranteed, reports CBS Sports' Jon Heyman.

Utley's name was bandied about in trade discussions late last month, but Phillies GM Ruben Amaro Jr. elected to hang onto the veteran second baseman and lock him up for two more years. The 34-year-old Utley is batting .275/.336/.505 through 342 plate appearances this season.

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The Phillies and Chase Utley have reached agreement on a two-year contract extension, according to CSN's Jim Salisbury.

Utley is batting a nice .275/.336/.505 through 342 plate appearances, posting his highest OPS since he registered .905 in 2009. Financial terms have not yet been disclosed, but CBS Sports' Jon Heyman reported last week that the deal would pay Utley around $13 million per season. The extension is said to be modeled after Carlos Beltran's two-year, $26 million contract with the Cardinals.

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Chase Utley is not in Wednesday's lineup against the Cubs.

No word on the reason for his absence, but he's likely just getting a routine day of maintenance. Kevin Frandsen will make the start at second base.

Chase Utley 2B PHI 9 Months

CBS Sports' Jon Heyman reports that the Phillies and Chase Utley have been discussing a contract extension that would cover three years or two years with a vesting option for a third.

Utley would likely be a popular trade target if the Phillies made him available, but they are trying to lock him up instead, referring to him as their "franchise" player. Heyman hears that the deal would pay him around $13 million per season. It's said to be modeled after Carlos Beltran's two-year, $26 million contract with the Cardinals. Of course, Beltran has also dealt with chronic knee issues.