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Chase Utley gets big extension from the Phillies


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They're not likely to be paying out those vesting options, because he shouldn't get to 500 PA.

Basically, they want him to retire as a Phillie. Nothing wrong with that.

MLB Trade Rumors had more details, and while the vesting drops, still pretty high:

Utley is guaranteed $15MM in 2014 and $10MM in 2015 and has a $2MM buyout on his first option. His 2015 salary will rise to $15MM if he spends no more than 15 days on the disabled list due to a specific knee condition. Each option is valued at $15MM and is triggered if Utley reaches 500 plate appearances in the previous season.

Should Utley fail to reach 500 plate appearances in any season from 2015-17, the following year's vesting option will become a club option worth between $5MM and $11MM. The specific value of those conditional club options would be based on the number of days he spent on the disabled list the previous season. The deal contains a full no-trade clause, though that is essentially a moot point because he will receive 10-and-5 rights later this month.

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