Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. said earlier this year that he pictured Chase Utley as a Phillie for life.

Utley, 34, said last month that he never envisioned wearing another team's uniform.

Both men appeared to make those statements reality Wednesday night.,, the Associated Press and reported that the second baseman had signed a two-year contract extension. said the contract was worth between $25 and $30 million with vesting options for additional seasons.

Utley, 34, is batting .275 with 15 home runs and 42 RBIs. Although he has been slowed by knee injuries the past few seasons, Utley is still one of the top offensive second baseman in baseball.

But Utley is worth more to the Phillies than just his production on the field.

He is the face of the franchise and one of the team's most popular players. Utley also hustles and plays hard all the time, setting a good example for the Phillies' younger players.

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