In the Dodgers’ latest moves Friday, they declined the options on second baseman Chase Utley, reliever Joel Peralta and right-hander Bronson Arroyo.
Arroyo was a no-brainer, Utley pretty much expected and Peralta a moderate surprise.
Peralta will be 40 next March, which doesn’t typically match a team’s bullpen checklist and he had a mostly disappointing 2015 (4.34 ERA, 1.24 WHIP).
Utley was once a star second baseman, but he’ll turn 37 in December and never really got it going in 141 plate appearances as a Dodger (.202/.291/.363). The Phillies agreed to cover his $2-million buyout if the Dodgers elected to exercise it when he was traded. Utley has said he intends to play next season.
The Dodgers now have four openings on their 40-man roster.
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