Los Angeles, CA (Sports Network) - The Los Angeles Dodgers and outfielder
Andre Ethier have reportedly agreed to a five-year contract extension.
Ethier, slated to become a free agent after the 2012 season, inked a new five-
year, $85 million contract extension that will leave the left-handed slugger
in Dodger blue through the 2017 season, according to the Los Angeles Times.
The report indicates the contract includes a vesting option for 2018 which
could bring the overall value to over $100 million.
The deal is the third largest in Dodgers history behind Kevin Brown's seven-
year, $105 million deal, which he signed as a free agent following the 1998
season and Matt Kemp's eight-year, $160 million deal, which he inked during
this past offseason.
The two-time All-Star batted .292 with 11 home runs and 62 RBI in 2011 before
knee surgery cut his season short in mid-September. He has returned to form
thus far in 2012, batting .292 with 10 homers and a National League-best 52
The 30-year-old has spent his entire seven-year career with the Dodgers after
the Oakland Athletics drafted him in the second round of the 2003 draft before
shipping him to Los Angeles in December, 2005.
Over 914 games, Ethier is a career .291 hitter with 119 homers and 498 RBI.
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