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By Kerry Kauffman, Phillies Correspondent, Mon, Feb 23rd 8:17pm EST

The question with Chase Utley the past few springs has been about the health of his knees. While he said they are fine at this time, he is nursing a sore ankle he turned in January during a workout. Utley said his ankle is improving, but not quite where it needs to be yet. Utley also mentioned that while he doesn't want to leave Philadelphia, he would listen to trade offers, but didn't think much would change (Source: CSNPhilly.com)

Fantasy Impact: Utley played in 155 games last season and is bound to get more days off this season, as he clearly struggled after the end of May. The 36-year old was still one of the top offensive second basemen in baseball last season. While not the same player he was in him prime, expect Utley to continue to put up solid all around numbers this season.

By Kerry Kauffman, Phillies Correspondent, Fri, Feb 13th 12:41pm EST

As the Phillies head into spring training, virtually every veteran is on the trading block. Although teams have had interest in Chase Utley, he likely will not be moved. The question is what to do with Utley after slumping after May 28. Clearly playing 155 games is not an option this season and general manager Ruben Amaro knows manager Ryne Sandberg needs to give Utley more days off this season to keep him productive over the long haul. Utley could also get more relief playing first base when Ryan Howard gets a day off. (Source: CSNPhilly.com)

Fantasy Impact: Utley, although not the same offensive player he was in his prime, was still among the best hitting second baseman in baseball last season. He lead all NL second basemen in RBI and extra base hits. His batting average plummeted to just .238 after May 28 after a .335 average over the first 47 games. He has currently in the midst of a 153 at bat streak without a home run, clearly indicating overuse. Should Utley play between 135 and 140 games, he should be fresh enough to produce the entire season. Expect Utley, even at age 36, to be one of the top fantasy second baseman in the NL this season.

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MLB.com | Feb 23rd, 8:04pm
Chase Utley has not changed his mind. Not yet anyway. The veteran second baseman said Monday afternoon at Bright House Field that he still has no desire to waive his no-trade rights and play for anybody other than the Phillies.