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Return to LA for Utley uncertain



utleyGood morning! Very little going on, but here’s what’s going on:

THREE THINGS: Ryan Lawrence at the Philly Voice writes about three things to look forward to now that we’re counting down to spring training. Those things: Who will be in the rotations in Philly and Lehigh Valley; how the Phillies settle on a 2017 contract for Cesar Hernandez; and if the franchise reworks Pete Mackanin’s contract.

CHASING CHASE: The Dodgers on Monday traded pitcher Jose De Leon to Tampa Bay for second baseman Logan Forsythe. With that, one has to wonder if Chase Utley has a future with the Dodgers (he’s a free agent).

Club President of Baseball Operations Andrew Friedman says it’s plausible Utley is back in Dodger blue in 2017, especially since – apparently – the Dodgers love Utley. Either way, he’s still out there on the market.

AND EVERYONE ELSE: Joe Blanton and Ryan Howard still remain free agents. Shane Victorino, too.

GRAPEFRUITING: Our annual spring training preview continues today, as Kirsten Swanson tells you where you can go for a little non-baseball fun in the Clearwater area. Stay tuned!

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