Ethier agrees to five-year, $85M extension: Reports

Andre Ethier of the Los Angeles Dodgers tosses his bat in the air after lining out to center in the...

Andre Ethier of the Los Angeles Dodgers tosses his bat in the air after lining out to center in the fourth inning against the Houston Astros at Dodger Stadium on May 26, 2012 in Los Angeles, California. (Jeff Gross/ AFP)

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The Los Angeles Dodgers have locked up the other half of their dynamic outfield duo.

Right fielder Andre Ethier has agreed to terms on a five-year, $85 million contract extension, according to multiple media reports. The deal would keep him in Dodger blue through 2017, and there is a $17.5 million vesting option for 2018.

In November, center fielder Matt Kemp signed an eight-year, $160 million deal that ties him to the Dodgers through 2019.

Ethier, 30, had told MLB.com last week, “I expect to be here a long time, and both sides have expressed that. They want me here and I want to be here. Mutually, both sides want me here.”

Outside of Kemp’s contract, only Kevin Brown’s $105 million, seven-year deal signed in 1998 was more valuable than Ethier’s extension in Dodgers history.

Ethier didn’t exactly have a banner night to celebrate his newfound riches. He hit a run-scoring groundout in the first inning Monday, then struck out in his final three plate appearances in the Los Angeles Angels’ 3-2 win over the Dodgers in the interleague series opener at Dodger Stadium.

Ethier is batting .287 with a .348 on-base percentage, a .509 slugging percentage, 10 homers and 53 RBI through 61 games this season. He’s a two-time All-Star, and he won his first Gold Glove last year.

 


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