Chase Utley has surprisingly re-signed with the Los Angeles Dodgers.
Utley had recently been reported to have narrowed his decision to four teams. This is kind of a surprise. The Dodgers have so many guys and recently acquired Logan Forsythe to be their starting second basemen. Still, the move figures to be one that keeps a future fringe Hall of Fame guy and clubhouse glue around for a 15th season. And the Dodgers best player (Corey Seager) really wanted Utley back in Los Angeles for one more season.
Corey Seager is going to be very happy.
— Andy McCullough (@McCulloughTimes) February 11, 2017
In another move that is totally puzzling, the Dodgers signed Franklin Gutierrez to add to their glut of outfielders. This figures to take some at-bats away from a guy like Trayce Thompson and maybe Andrew Toles. It’s just kind of a weird move.