A week or two after announcing they are raising ticket prices, the Phillies today announce that Chase Utley will be out 4-6 months to have hip surgery. This will hurt his fantasy value obviously. Will the Phillies attempt to trade or sign a 2bman to fill in for him while he is out. Looking at the free agent 2bman, there are alot of utility type guys and guys close to retirement:
Jerry Hairston Jr.
But the Phillies have Eric Bruntlett who can fill their need at 2b, as the Phillies are still looking for someone to replace Pat Burrell in LF.
In roto keeper leagues, owners will have a decision to make come draft day. Do you retain him at his high salary or throw him back and get him cheaper?