Chase Utley Reportedly Re-Signs with Los Angeles Dodgers

Matt Fitzgerald@@MattFitz_geraldCorrespondent III

Los Angeles Dodgers' Chase Utley walks onto the field for batting practice before the start of baseball's Game 4 of the National League Division Series against the New York Mets, Tuesday, Oct. 13, 2015, in New York. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)
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After playing his entire MLB career in Philadelphia until mere months ago, free-agent second baseman Chase Utley reportedly has made a decision on his future.

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Dodgers Reportedly Secure Utley

Sunday, Dec. 6

Yahoo Sports' Jeff Passan reported Utley and the Los Angeles Dodgers have agreed to a one-year contract. Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports previously reported the Dodgers were "close" to a deal.

On Dec. 3, Jayson Stark reported on Los Angeles' interest in bringing the 36-year-old veteran back for 2016. On Dec. 2, ESPN's Mark Saxon reported the Dodgers covet Utley as a left-handed batter and backup infielder.

Report: Angels Interested in Utley

Thursday, Dec. 3

Jayson Stark of ESPN reported on Los Angeles' interest in Utley, who was traded from the Phillies to the Dodgers in August.

Utley appeared in 34 games for L.A. and struggled en route to a .202 batting average in that span. In 107 contests this past season, he accrued an average of .212 with eight home runs and 39 RBI.

Despite Utley's down year, Stark reported that he has other unnamed suitors on the open market but would rather remain in the Golden State. Philadelphia had the worst record in all of baseball in 2015, which didn't help his cause and played a role in his decline.

There's no shortage of talent on the Dodgers and Angels, who won 92 and 85 games, respectively, in 2015. Both could use a veteran presence in the clubhouse like Utley with World Series experience.

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With little time left as a player, the six-time All-Star is certainly thinking on the right track if he wants a shot at a second Commissioner's Trophy.

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