According to Andy McCullough of the LA Times, the Dodgers have re-signed infielder Chase Utley on a one-year deal. Financial terms of the contract have not been released. The Dodgers acquired Utley midseason of 2015 and he was signed to a one-year 7 million dollar deal last winter.
Chase Utley is coming back to the Dodgers on a one-year deal, according to a person with knowledge of the situation.
— Andy McCullough (@McCulloughTimes) February 11, 2017
The 38-year old veteran played in 138 games and collected 565 plate appearances for the Dodgers in 2016 while spending the majority of his time (134 games) at second base. Utley delivered mostly league average offense, defense and base running. The left handed hitting Utley slashed .252/.319/.396 with 14 home runs and 52 runs batted in while posting a .716 OPS.
Unfortunately he struggled against left handed pitching as he batted just .154 against southpaws in 97 plate appearances which was good for a paltry .470 OPS against. He fared much better against right handers, batting .273 with 12 home runs and a .343 OBP.
While Utley gathered just 3 hits for the Dodges in the 2016 postseason one of them was a game winning RBI single in game 4 of the NLDS against Washington that kept their season alive. Utley was 3 for 16 in the NLDS and 0 for 12 in the NLCS against the Chicago Cubs.
I’m glad to see Utley return. Utley has shown to still be a very capable hitter and defender despite his age. He may be on the down slope of his career but he has come up with some big hits for the Dodgers. He figures to get some playing time adding value as a veteran presence and as a platoon option off the bench.