Los Angeles Dodgers outfielder Andre Ethier has agreed to a five-year contract extension, seven months after teammate Matt Kemp got a franchise-record eight- year, $160 million deal.
Ethier, 30, leads the National League with 53 runs batted in this season while hitting .287 with 10 home runs. He’s spent his entire seven-year Major League Baseball career with the Dodgers, hitting .291 with 119 homers and 499 RBIs.
“This is the place I’ve wanted to be all along and I hope to finish my career in Los Angeles playing for these fans that I have developed such a special bond with,” Ethier said today at a news conference. “Now we just have to go out and finish our goal of winning a world championship for this great city.”
Ethier, who is making almost $11 million this season and would have been eligible for free agency in 2013, has helped the Dodgers to baseball’s best record this season at 39-23.
Ethier’s extension with the Dodgers is worth $85 million and has a $17.5 million vesting option for 2018 based on plate appearances in 2017 or 2016-17, MLB.com reported, citing an unidentified industry official.
The Dodgers in November 2011 gave Kemp a contract that exceeded the team-record seven-year, $105 million deal pitcher Kevin Brown signed in 1998. Ethier’s contract would be the third biggest in franchise history, MLB.com said.
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