Chase Utley's recent contract extension might give Bill Hall an idea of what to expect in the near future. Consider these points coming into the 2006-2007 offseason:Okay, if this were actually a bout, I'd probably go with Hall, in the baseball world, I'd go with Utley. Nevertheless,
- Hall was coming off his Age 26 season in which he hit .270/.345/.553; Utley was coming off his Age 27 season in which he hit .309/.379/.527
- Hall was heading for his second year of arbitration, with two more seasons left to play before free agency; Utley was arbitration eligible for the first time, with three season to play before free agency
- both were middle infielders for the 2005-2006 seasons, and both were above average fielders in 2006, according to Out Ratio
- both were tops at their positions in hitting in 2006: Utley was first in MLV and VORP amongst all MLB 2B, and second in SLG; Hall was first in SLG amongst SS, 9th in VORP, and 4th in MLV.