The Dodgers have reached a one-year agreement to re-sign Chase Utley, as first reported by Andy McCullough of the Los Angeles Times. The deal is reportedly worth $2 million and includes incentives.
Utley was thought to be a long-shot to return to the Dodgers after the club’s acquisition of second baseman Logan Forsythe, though he will likely see some time at second base with Forsythe taking some reps at third base when Justin Turner needs time off. Utley is the second luxury depth move of the weekend for the Dodgers, who also agreed to terms with outfielder Franklin Gutierrez on a one-year deal.
Utley drew interest from the Indians and Angels in recent weeks, though the Dodgers remained involved even as they spent all winter looking for a major upgrade at second base. L.A. had extensive trade negotiations with the Twins about Brian Dozier before dealing right-hander Jose De Leon for Forsythe.
Utley, 38, hit .252/.319/.396 with 14 homers and 52 RBI in his first full season with the Dodgers last year after being acquired in a trade with the Phillies in 2015. He is a career .278/.361/.472 hitter in 14 major-league seasons with the Phillies (2003-15) and Dodgers (2015-16), and is a 6-time All-Star.