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Chase Utley officially rejoins Dodgers, willing to accept bench role

Chase Utley officially rejoins Dodgers, willing to accept bench role

The text messages reached Corey Seager as both a greeting and a warning. “Watch out when I come into second base next year,” Chase Utley wrote on occasion this past winter, when a reunion with the Dodgers looked so unlikely. Even his jokes contain a hint of menace.

Seager idolized Utley during their time together and considered him a friend. But if Utley signed elsewhere, Seager would become a rival. And on the diamond Utley pays little regard for friendship. 

In January, the Dodgers acquired second baseman Logan Forsythe from Tampa Bay. Forsythe filled the void created by Utley’s free agency, and Utley himself assumed he would play elsewhere this...

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