On Thursday, the Phillies hammered the Cubs, 12-1, but in the late innings of the drubbing, the club officially announced its two-year extension with Chase Utley.
A league source confirmed to CSNPhilly.com's Jim Salisbury that the two-year deal is worth $27 million, and if Utley stays healthy, it can max out to five years, $75 million (see story).
Fox Sports’ Ken Rosenthal first reported the contract's details.
The team held a press conference for its second baseman, who was joined by Ruben Amaro Jr., after Thursday’s win.
The Phillies were adamant about keeping Utley in red pinstripes for life.
It appears they did.
Here are some powerful words about it from both Utley and Amaro:
"When Ruben first approached me about an extension, I told him I was up for it. I wanted to stay in this uniform but I also wanted to be treated fairly. I'm not trying to break the bank. I'm just trying to be treated fairly in the marketplace. It's a very fair deal for both sides. Like Ruben said, going to free agency, maybe I left a little bit of money on the table with this deal. But it's not about the money. It's about the commitment. There is no better place to play than here.
"I think it all starts with our ownership group. They’re willing to do what they need to do to put a product on the field. They want to win just as bad as we do. We’ve had some great times over the past seven or eight years. I truly believe we can get back to where we were."
– Chase Utley
"Having Chase, Jimmy [Rollins], Ryan [Howard], in some ways be the leaders of our club moving us forward, these are the type of people that I want our young players to emulate. This is the type of player, particularly in Chase's case, I want Cody Asche to watch Chase and learn from him. I want Darin Ruf to learn from Ryan Howard and Chase and Jimmy. I want these guys to be around because it's important. They know how to win, they know what it takes to win, they know how to act professionally and they know how to put a ring on their finger."
– Ruben Amaro Jr.