With position players set to report to their Glendale spring-training complex on Sunday, theare in serious talks to re-sign veteran second baseman , sources told .
Though he was non-committal about his future following his club’s Game 7 loss in the World Series, Utley has been working out at Dodger Stadium of late, according to.
Utley, who turned 39 in December, has spent the last two-and-a-half seasons with Los Angeles, serving as their everyday second baseman in 2016 before transitioning into a semi-regular role last year.
In 2017, as the Dodgers stormed to a fifth straight division title (while managing their best record – 104-58 – since relocating from Brooklyn), Utley hit .236/.324/.405 (92 OPS+) with eight homers and 20 doubles in 353 plate appearances, starting 68 games at second base and another 10 at first. Utley, a World Series champion in 2008, struggled mightily in the postseason, going 0-for-15 with a pair of walks and two HBPs in nine contests.
Since getting traded to Los Angeles in 2015 following an illustrious 13-year tenure with the, Utley owns a .712 OPS (91 OPS+) in 299 regular-season games.
If Utley does return to the Dodgers, the six-time All-Star would likely serve as a platoon partner to second basemanonce again while also providing manager Dave Roberts with a left-handed bat off the bench – between , , , and , every tentative Dodgers bench player hits right-handed.
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