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Andre Ethier gets $11 million from Dodgers to skip arbitration

Jan 17, 2012, 10:15 AM EDT

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Andre Ethier has avoided arbitration with the Dodgers, agreeing to a one-year deal worth $10.95 million.

This is Ethier’s final arbitration eligible season, so barring a contract extension with the Dodgers he’ll be a free agent next winter at age 31.

He earned $9.5 million last season while hitting .292 with 11 homers and a career-low .789 OPS in 135 games, failing to crack an .800 OPS for the first time in six seasons as a big leaguer.

It’ll be interesting to see what type of market there is for Ethier next offseason. Based purely on production he’s somewhat similar to corner outfielders Josh Willingham and Michael Cuddyer, who inked three-year deals worth $21 million and $30 million respectively this offeason. However, because Ethier will be younger than those two when he becomes a free agent and his reputation generally exceeds his on-field performance he’d seemingly be in line for a larger deal.

  1. patsfan401 - Jan 17, 2012 at 11:13 AM

    Redsox. Especially with Jacoby Ellsbury contract coming up they may need the outfield help.

    • foreverchipper10 - Jan 17, 2012 at 4:12 PM

      I can see him coming to the ATL with Prado shifting to 3rd full time to take over Chipper’s spot. I don’t necessarily like the move, but I can see it coming.

  2. shawnuel - Jan 17, 2012 at 1:57 PM

    Unfortunately, injury and Ethier are synonymous with each other, which is why his reputation outstrips his on-field contribution.

    • lanflfan - Jan 17, 2012 at 2:57 PM

      All too true, unfortunately. He is also moody, and appears to let bad AB’s fester in his brain.

      Given his negatives Either is still a solid corner OFer with pop, and I’d say it’s about 50-50 the Dodgers let him walk, given the ownership situation and abundance of corner OFers available in the minors. I’d be sad to see him go, but at 31 LA has already gotten some of his best years.

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