According to Tom Jackson of ESPN Los Angeles, the Dodgers have signed right fielder Andre Ethier to a five-year, $85 million extension.
The two-time All-Star could receive up to more than $100 million from the new deal as it includes a $17.5 million club option in 2018. He can also make $100 million is he were to reach certain plat thresholds in 2017 or 2016 and 2017 combined.
Ethier joins right-handed pitcher Chad Billingsley and center fielder Matt Kemp as the latest Dodgers to get a new, long-term deal. Billingsley had a three-year, $35 million deal while Kemp had the richest Dodgers deal in the team’s history, going for eight years and $160 million.
On Monday, following LA’s 3-2 loss to the Angels, Ethier struggled as he went hitless in four at-bats along with three strikeouts. Ethier was asked if he would get a new contract.
“I have been instructed that I won’t comment … until tomorrow,” Ethier said. “There will be an announcement tomorrow. We will talk tomorrow, I promise.”
Now he has. The 30-year-old originally was signed to a one-year, $10.95 million deal at the start of the season to avoid arbitration. So far, Ethier has been playing solid, bating .287 with 53 RBIs. However, he has struggled for this month. Hopefully he can capitalize off of it.
Anyways, congrats Andre on your new deal!