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Player Projection: Chase Utley

Player Projection: Chase Utley

Chase Utley will be a key part of the Phillies offense in 2006 and well beyond. It wasn't that long ago that teams were doing their best to put together a deal to pry Utley away from the Phillies and now, Phillies fans are seeing why they were so hot on his trail.

Chase Utley is hitting .385 (5-for-13) as a member of Team USA in the inaugural World Baseball Classic. The 27 year old will eventually return to the Phillies knowing that he is their everyday secondbaseman. It's the first time in his career that he's come into camp knowing that he has a job and that it's not going to someone else, namely, Placido Polanco. Utley and Howard are both enjoying their...

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