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Wednesday August 7th, 2013

The Phillies and second baseman Chase Utley are reportedly close to a new contract. (Miles Kennedy/Philadelphia Phillies/Getty Images) The Phillies and Chase Utley are reportedly close to a new contract. (Miles Kennedy/ Phillies/Getty Images)

The Philadelphia Phillies and second baseman Chase Utley reached an agreement Wednesday on a two-year deal, worth $27 million with multiple vesting options, reports

Utley, 34, is batting .275 with 15 home runs and 42 RBI this season and is in the final year of a seven-year, $85 million contract. The new deal would be for 2014 and '15 seasons.

Utley missed almost a month of action earlier this season due to a strained right oblique, and he has only played in 84 of the team's 113 games.

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Such a deal seemed difficult to imagine before the start of this season. Utley, due to a variety of knee problems and right thumb surgery in 2010, averaged only 100 games the previous three years.

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