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What to do with Utley, Mesoraco among tough choices on horizon

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The Yankees avoided a tough choice last year, choosing to be polite about Derek Jeter's place in the lineup last season instead of embracing the reality that the team was better with Jacoby Ellsbury and Brett Gardner in the first two spots in the lineup. This has been borne out this season with Ellsbury and Gardner ranked 10th and 18th, respectively, in on-base percentage, and tied for sixth and tied for 16th in runs. The Yankees finished just four games from a wild-card spot in 2014, and who knows what might've happened if they had chosen a different path.

With that in mind, there are tough choices on the horizon for other teams, including:

1. The Philadelphia Phillies and Chase Utley

The former All-Star is hitting .103, and some evaluators say that he looks as bad at the plate and in the field as those numbers suggest.