Chad Billingsley Signs Three-Year Contract Extension With Dodgers

Billingsley's extension is worth a guaranteed $35 million over three years, with an option that could bring the total value to $46 million over four seasons.

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Dodgers Complete Three-Year, $35 Million Contract Extension With Chad Billingsley

The Dodgers today finalized their contract extension with starting pitcher Chad Billingsley, signing the hurler to a three-year deal worth $35 million, through the 2014 season, plus an option for the 2015 season that could bring the total value of the contract to $46 million over four seasons. Billingsley, who was 12-11 with a 3.57 ERA for the Dodgers last season, avoided arbitration earlier this winter by signing a one-year deal for 2011 worth $6.275 million.

Billingsley was drafted by the Dodgers with the 24th pick of the first round in 2003, and made his major league debut in 2006. "Through his professional career Chad has shown that he is very capable of winning games and taking the ball," said general manager Colletti. "His won-loss record speaks to that as well as his innings pitched totals."

Billingsley's new contract runs from 2012 to 2014, with the option for 2015. Billingsley also has a partial no-trade clause, allowing him to block trades to 10 teams, per Dylan Hernandez of the Los Angeles Times. Here is the breakdown of the deal:

  • 2012: $9 million
  • 2013: $11 million
  • 2014: $12 million
  • 2015: $14 million option (or $3 million buyout)

The Dodgers also have Clayton Kershaw under team control through 2014, his final season of arbitration eligibility, meaning that Kershaw and Billingsley will front the Dodger rotation for at least the next four years. Which is exciting news for Dodgers fans.

For more news and information on Billingsley and the Dodgers, be sure to read the SB Nation blog True Blue LA.

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Freeway Series: Angels Score Two In Ninth To Defeat Dodgers, 5-4

The Angels fired the opening salvo of the freeway series, scoring two runs in the ninth inning to defeat the Dodgers 5-4 at Dodger Stadium. Jonathan Broxton blew the save, but the central character of the ninth inning was Ivan DeJesus. With one out and a runner on first base with the Dodgers clinging to a 4-3 lead, DeJesus booted a sure double-play ball which would have ended the game. Then, in the bottom of the frame, DeJesus lofted a flyball to right field that was simply dropped by Angel Castillo of the Angels. However, the Angels converted their double play opportunity, a game-ending 5-4-3 by Gabe Kapler, to come home victorious.

Ervin Santana allowed two runs in five innings in his final spring training start for the Angels, with two walks and five strikeouts. Ted Lilly started for the Dodgers, throwing 80 pitches in his four innings of work. But Lilly was wild, walking five Angels in his four innings.

It appears Jay Gibbons might become the fifth Dodger to begin the season on the disabled list, per True Blue LA:

Before the game, Jay Gibbons spoke with reporters about the vision problems he has battled this spring. "It’s been a battle, let’s put it that way. We ran out of time," Gibbons said. "The vision was great coming back, but no depth perception." Gibbons has another appointment on Tuesday with an eye doctor to get a new prescription, hoping to find the right combination of vision and depth perception that will allow him to hit.

The Angels and Dodgers will do battle again on Tuesday, this time in Anaheim. Hiroki Kuroda will start for the Dodgers, opposed by Scott Kazmir of the Angels.

For more news and information on tonight's game, be sure to read the SB Nation blogs True Blue LA and Halos Heaven.

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Dodgers Reportedly Close On Chad Billingsley Three-Year Contract Extension

The Dodgers are reportedly close to signing starting pitcher Chad Billingsley to a three-year contract extension, according to multiple sources. The deal would cover the 2012-2014 seasons, with an option for 2015, and worth a reported $35-36 million guaranteed, according to Dylan Hernandez of the Los Angeles Times. The deal would buy out Billingsley's final arbitration year, plus at least two years of free agency.

Billingsley was 12-11 with a 3.57 ERA in 2010, with 171 strikeouts in 191 2/3 innings. He avoided arbitration earlier this winter by signing a one-year deal for $6.275 million for 2011. This contract means that Billingsley and Clayton Kershaw will be together in Dodger blue through the 2014 season.

The Dodgers get a pitcher in his age 27-29 seasons, and possibly his age 30 season, the prime of his career. Billingsley, meanwhile, gets the financial security of a multi-year contract, plus the ability to be a free agent at either age 30 or 31, when he could possibly command a lucrative long-term deal. Billingsley is the first of the core Dodgers to sign a multi-year deal which bought out any free agent years. Andre Ethier, Matt Kemp, and Jonathan Broxton all signed two-year deals before 2010, but those only covered arbitration years.

Billingsley will make his first regular season start on Friday at Dodger Stadium against the Giants.

For more news and information on Billingsley and the Dodgers, be sure to read the SB Nation blog True Blue LA.

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Chad Billingsley Contract Extension The News As Freeway Series Begins

The Angels and Dodgers resume their preseason Freeway Series tonight at Dodger Stadium, playing the first of back-to-back nights. The two clubs tomorrow will play an Angel Stadium in Anaheim. Tonight, Ted Lilly gets the start for the Dodgers, while Ervin Santana gets the call for the Angels. It is the final spring tuneup for both pitchers, slated third in their respective rotations.

In addition to Lilly, the Dodgers are scheduled to have Jonathan Broxton, Matt Guerrier, Hong-Chih Kuo, Mike MacDougal and Kenley Jansen all pitch. The Angels will send Fernando Rodney and Jason Bulger to the hill. Here are tonight's lineups:

Angels   Dodgers
2B Izturis
SS Furcal
1B Kendrick        
LF Gwynn
LF Abreu
RF Ethier
RF Hunter
CF Kemp
3B Callaspo
1B Loney
SS Aybar
3B Uribe
CF Bourjos
C Barajas       
C Wilson
SS Carroll
P Santana
P Lilly      

For more news and information on tonight's game, be sure to read the SB Nation blogs True Blue LA and Halos Heaven.

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