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Report: Dodgers opt out of club option for Chase Utley

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The Sports Xchange
Los Angeles Dodgers Chase Utley is booed by fans when he is introduced before the game 3 of the NLDS against the New York Mets at Citi Field in New York City on October 12, 2015. Major League Baseball suspended Utley for Games 3 and 4 of the National League Division Series for what the league deemed was an illegal slide Saturday into New York Mets shortstop Ruben Tejada, who broke his leg in the collision and will miss the rest of the postseason. Photo by John Angelillo/UPI
Los Angeles Dodgers Chase Utley is booed by fans when he is introduced before the game 3 of the NLDS against the New York Mets at Citi Field in New York City on October 12, 2015. Major League Baseball suspended Utley for Games 3 and 4 of the National League Division Series for what the league deemed was an illegal slide Saturday into New York Mets shortstop Ruben Tejada, who broke his leg in the collision and will miss the rest of the postseason. Photo by John Angelillo/UPI | License Photo

The Los Angeles Dodgers declined club options on second baseman Chase Utley, starting pitcher Bronson Arroyo and reliever Joel Peralta, the Los Angeles Times reported Friday.

Utley hit just .212 with eight homers this past season for the Philadelphia Phillies and Dodgers, including .202 with three homers in 141 plate appearances for the Dodgers.

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He will turn 37 next month but does not plan to retire.

Utley's club option was based on the number of days he was on the disabled list in 2015, and it came out to $11 million, according to multiple media reports.

The 38-year-old Arroyo, who was acquired from the Atlanta Braves at the trade deadline, did not pitch this season. The Dodgers will buy him out for $4.5 million instead of picking up his option for $11 million.

Peralta, 39, pitched only 29 innings and had a 4.34 ERA. The Dodgers did not pick up his $2.5 million option.

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