Chase Utley might be a Dodger in 2016, after all.
General manager Farhan Zaidi told reporters, including Jake Kaplan of the Phialdelphia Inquirer, that the team is “open” to re-signing Utley. The Dodgers declined Utley’s $15 million 2016 option last week.
At 37, after showing marginal offensive upside in his brief time as a Dodger, Utley’s value is limited to a team that figures to be younger in 2016. Howie Kendrick bumped Utley to the bench in September when he returned from a hamstring injury and started all five postseason games at second base.
The Dodgers declined the 2016 option on pitcher Joel Peralta. (Getty Images)
The Dodgers will not pick up the 2016 contract options on second baseman Chase Utley, reliever Joel Peralta and starter Bronson Arroyo.
During a few days of R&R, I was able to confirm that Chase Utley‘s scheduled hearing date Monday came and went without an appeal hearing. This is old news by 2015 standards; the AP reported it on Saturday and Ken Rosenthal on Sunday.
As of Tuesday morning, the hearing had not been rescheduled. We’ll certainly follow it here — the suspension carries implications for anyone sliding into second base to break up a double play — but with the full knowledge that Utley, who has a team option for 2016 worth at least $5 million, might not be a Dodger by the time his appeal is heard.
Clayton Kershaw smiles after Yoenis Cespedes’ swinging-bunt single to begin the seventh inning Tuesday in Game 4 of the National League Division Series. (Getty Images)
NEW YORK — So much for that Clayton Kershaw playoff curse. The narrative was paused, and the Dodgers’ season was extended, with the Dodgers’ 3-1 win over the Mets on Tuesday in Game 4 of the NLDS.
The box score is here. The photo gallery is here.
Chase Utley‘s appeal of his two-game suspension won’t be heard until Monday. Yasmani Grandal‘s left shoulder is still bothering him. Kershaw and Mets manager Terry Collins go way back.
Colleague Tom Hoffarth checked in with the SportsNet LA broadcast crew, curiously focused while TBS handles television coverage of the NLDS.
Justin Turner has been the Dodgers’ driving force in the series, writes colleague Mark Whicker. Game 5 is going to be special.
MLB’s chief information officer and executive vice president of administration, John McHale Jr., will be hearing Chase Utley‘s appeal next Monday, October 19. McHale hears appeals of suspensions that pertain to on-field matters. That means no PEDs — more brawls, beanballs and the occasional foreign substance.
Judging by McHale’s track record, Utley can expect a fair shot. McHale has shown he’ll side with either a player or the league — or somewhere in between — in spite of the obvious potential for a conflict of interest with his employer.
A brief history of McHale’s prominent rulings seems appropriate.