A.J. Ellis

With re-signing of Chase Utley, Dodgers show that players and clubhouse culture matter

With re-signing of Chase Utley, Dodgers show that players and clubhouse culture matter

In the coming days, Chase Utley will report to the Dodgers spring training facility in Arizona to take the physical examination required to finalize his new one-year contract.

From the outside looking in, this looks like a minor deal. Utley is 38, and Logan Forsythe will be the team’s primary second baseman.

That won’t be the view on the inside.

By retaining the highly respected veteran, the front office has made a loud and clear statement to the players: What they think counts; how they feel matters.

Add the Utley deal to everything else the Dodgers did this winter — trading for Forsythe, re-signing Kenley Jansen, Justin Turner and Rich Hill — and...

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