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  1. I wonder if a position switch (to 3b, 1b, or the OF) would help Utley stay on the field? That would seem to make him more valuable in fantasy as he retains his 2b eligibility for 2012.

    Comment by Matt — October 24, 2012 @ 11:03 am

  2. You are right that he’d be more valuable in fantasy next year, but a move next year is very unlikely. For one thing, it would hurt his MLB team as Utley is still a very good defender and 2B is a more important defensive position than 1B, 3B or the corner OF spots. For another, the Phils have Ryan Howard – actually his unmovable contract – at 1B and Utley worked out at 3B this year before the Phils scrapped the idea of moving him there.

    Comment by hk — October 24, 2012 @ 1:16 pm

  3. Whether or not the risks outweigh the rewards will turn on Utley’s draft position. Which will depend on the general public perception, which will frankly depend on how many pieces like this get written between now and March.

    Comment by Andy — October 24, 2012 @ 5:23 pm

  4. Chris,

    I have Dan Uggla in a keeper league and he is also on the wrong side of 30. It was difficult watching him everyday in 2012 as his numbers were well of his career norm. Sure he isn’t much of an average hitter but he has been as solid as any 2B in history in the power numbers. I’ve read on this site that he was very unlucky with flyballs/HR ratio. Are you buying him bouncing back next year. Unlike Utley, I believe health/age isn’t a huge issue with Uggla as he has never been on the DL.

    Comment by Ben — October 24, 2012 @ 5:40 pm

  5. I doubt it’s the end… he’s a gamer and if he can be remotely healthy, I see him putting up a few more 20 plus homerun seasons. As someone else said, maybe he should have a position change.

    Considering that the Phillies were never in it, and both he and Howard struggled coming back from injuries… his season wasn’t a total wash. In basically 300 at-bats, he had 11 home runs, 15 doubles, 2 triples, 45 RBI, 11 steals, 7 intentional walks, and for the second time only had the same amount of walks as strikeouts.

    A change of scenery would be good, and if he could play in the American League, play some first and DH a part of the season. Unlike Mauer, he has natural power and can run. Not playing second base won’t affect his overall value if he can stay healthy.

    Comment by Kyle — October 24, 2012 @ 10:05 pm

  6. For a guy with a “chronic knee condition”, he certainly didn’t miss much time since he was activated. Are we sure it’s a chronic condition?

    Comment by sboston — February 15, 2013 @ 3:21 pm

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