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Postby Lofunzo » Sun Jan 21, 2007 1:29 pm

Phils lock up young star Utley with seven-year, $85M extension

Jan. 21, 2007
CBS wire reports

PHILADELPHIA -- All-Star second baseman Chase Utley signed an $85 million, seven-year contract extension with the Philadelphia Phiilies on Sunday through the 2013 season.

Utley hit .309 last season with 40 doubles, 32 home runs, 102 RBI and 131 runs. He also had a 35-game hitting streak that tied for the 10th-longest in major league history and longest by a second baseman.

"We view Chase as not only a great second baseman but also one of the top 10-15 players in the game," Philadelphia assistant general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. said. "He's a hard-nosed, full-throttle player who exemplifies the spirit of Philadelphia. He is tailor-made for this city and we couldn't be happier to lock him up for years to come."

Utley also became the 15th player in major league history -- and second Phillie -- to hit .300, and record 200 hits, 30 home runs, 100 RBI, 40 doubles and 130 runs in one season. He and Hall of Famer Chuck Klein (1930 and 1932) are the only Phillies to accomplish the feat.

Over the past two seasons, Utley leads all major league second basemen in home runs (57), RBI (197), hits (350) and runs (217). He was Philadelphia's first-round pick in the 2000 draft.
The Associated Press News Service

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