Last week Chase Utley told the media he was ready for the baseball season to start. He is excited for the Philadelphia Phillies to be healthy, and Utley believes that his team is going to improve and be a winner once again. With the moves that the team made this week I wonder if Utley stands by his decision.
This week the Phillies took a trip down memory lane by signing former right fielder Bobby Abreu to a minor league deal. Abreu played for the team back in 1998 until 2006, but he is going to be 40-years-old come opening day. Many fans are upset about the deal because of the age of Abreu and the fact that general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. keeps signing former players. Earlier in the offseason he signed former player Marlon Byrd who played for the club back in 2002. The team is supposed to be rebuilding, not going back in time.
The team also signed pitcher Chad Gaudin this week who is 30-years-old. That does not seem too old, but he has pitched in the Majors since 2003. He is a veteran in the league, and the Phillies should have gone with a younger pitcher as their rotation keeps getting older.
Utley made these statements about the team being successful not knowing that Amaro was going to continue to sign veterans to the squad. Abreu and Gaudin may not even make the team.
Utley is a team player and never talks bad about anybody. Whether the Phillies continue to age or become a younger team he is going to want to lead this team to victories. He won’t turn back on his statement and will go out and prove to everyone the Phillies can win no matter who is on their team.