Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports is reporting that the Phillies and Chase Utley have agreed on a contract extension that would keep the second baseman in Philadelphia through at least 2015, when he will be 36 years old. Exact details of the contract are not known yet, but this is from Rosenthal’s column:
In the comments of my post on the bullpen yesterday, there was a request for analysis of Darin Ruf, since there hasn’t been anything written about him here since he was brought up from Triple-A. At ESPN Sweet Spot, you can read my analysis of Ruf through his first 133 career plate appearances with a strong focus on what he has done this year.
Here are links to some other stuff around the Internet I found worth reading lately:
- At Baseball Prospectus, former MLB player Gabe Kapler writes about how interns and their strong grasp of technology and statistics are among the more important assets within an organization.
- At The Good Phight, Trev wrote a really well-thought-out piece on MLB and the Biogenesis issue.
- At FanGraphs, Jeff Sullivan looks at just how far ahead the Braves are in the NL East.
- At ESPN (Insider), Jim Bowden lists five August waiver trades he’d like to see. Michael Young is first on the list.
- Aaron Gleeman wrote a recap of his time at the 2013 SABR convention in Philly. Fun fact: He pretended to be me.
- Todd Zolecki explains why the Phillies’ deal with Miguel Alfredo Gonzalez likely won’t happen after all.
If you’ve read anything good lately, feel free to share it in the comments.
Through his 16th start on June 25, Kyle Kendrick had a 3.46 ERA. We were singing his praises as a much-improved pitcher and a sneakily-good signing by GM Ruben Amaro when he got the right-hander to agree to a two-year, $7.5 million deal in February 2012 to avoid arbitration. Since then, Kendrick has turned into a tire fire, allowing four or more earned runs in five of seven starts since. Over his most recent 37 and two-thirds innings, his ERA is an ugly 6.93.