The Los Angeles Dodgers on Tuesday signed outfielder Andre Ethier and first baseman James Loney to one-year contracts, avoiding salary arbitration. They did not reach agreement with ace Clayton Kershaw, fresh off his National League Cy Young Award, and the two sides exchanged figures. Kershaw asked for $10 million, which would be a record for a pitcher in his first year of arbitration eligibility, while the Dodgers counted at $6.5 million.
With 16 players signed for 2012, not including Kershaw, here is a look at the Dodgers' payroll commitments for this season:
|Dodgers 2012 Payroll Commitments
|IF||Jerry Hairston Jr.||$2,250,000|
|OF||Tony Gwynn Jr.||$850,000|
In addition, the Dodgers have just over $22.2 million in dead money paid to players no longer on the team, like Manny Ramirez, Juan Pierre, and Andruw Jones, to name a few. Add in Kershaw at the midpoint of $8.25 million and the remaining eight roster spots with near-minimum salaries, and the Dodgers have roughly $114 million committed in 2012.
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