June 10, 2012; Seattle, WA, USA; Los Angeles Dodgers right fielder Andre Ethier (16) hits a grand slam against the Seattle Mariners during the 2nd inning at Safeco Field. Mandatory Credit: Steven Bisig-US PRESSWIRE

Dodgers Sign Andre Ethier To 5-Year, $85 Million Contract Extension

Ethier is signed through 2017, with a vesting option for 2018.

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Andre Ethier Contract: Dodgers Retain Another Core Player

For the second time in eight months, the Los Angeles Dodgers made a long-term commitment to an All-Star outfielder. Andre Ethier signed a five-year, $85 million contract on Tuesday, and will remain in Los Angeles with his longtime teammate Matt Kemp through at least 2017.

Kemp, who signed an eight-year, $160 million contract in November, has been a teammate of Ethier with the Dodgers since 2006, and the duo were also teammates on the Phoenix Desert Dogs of the Arizona Fall League in 2005, when Ethier was still a minor leaguer in the Oakland Athletics' system.

"You have two guys who know each other real well. It's not a thing where we've matched up recently. We've seen each other from day one playing on that Arizona Fall League team," Ethier said Tuesday. "Even beyond the offensive part, we know each other defensively. I can look up most of the time and know where Matty's at and be comfortable. Beyond just the one-two punch of offense, you've got the defensive part of it and you don't see that too often in baseball."

Chad Billingsley, like Kemp and Ethier, debuted with the Dodgers in 2006. Billingsley signed a contract extension last year through 2014, with an option for 2015. All three players would have been free agents after the 2012 season had they not re-signed with the Dodgers.

General manager Ned Colletti sees the retention of homegrown players as essential to building a successful franchise.

"It's vital in this day and age where players don't necessarily stay with one team for a long period of time. If you believe in your core guys and you develop them and bring them up, and they're successful and they understand the city and the culture," Colletti said. "It's tough to replace guys like that."

But homegrown players aren't the only ones on the radar for the Dodgers. Ethier put out a plea to pending free agents in his press conference on Tuesday, putting Colletti, new president and CEO Stan Kasten and the new ownership group on notice.

"Let it be known to all you players out there who are going to be looking at a team in the next couple of years," Ethier said. "Don't be afraid to look at the Dodgers, and consider this the team that's going to be out there on the forefront searching for players."

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Andre Ethier Contract: Extension Announcement To Come On Tuesday

As reported on Monday, the Los Angeles Dodgers and two-time All-Star outfielder Andre Ethier have agreed in principle to a five-year, $85 million extension until at least 2017, with a possibility of adding 2018 if his option is picked up.

Right now, all the news surrounding the contract is all based on what sources have told the various reporters who reported the extension on Monday. It looks like it's for good reason - nobody is officially talking, according to ESPN Los Angeles' Tony Jackson.

"I have been instructed that I won't comment ... until [Tuesday]," Ethier said after the Dodgers lost to the Angels on Monday night. "There will be an announcement [on Tuesday]. We will talk [Tuesday], I promise."

The inevitable announcement is the latest in a string of signings by the Dodgers to lock up their young nucleus for the foreseeable future. Last winter was Matt Kemp with an eight-year, $160 million deal and fifteen months ago it was Chad Billingsley with a three-year, $35 million deal.

All we do is wait now for the official Ethier announcement so he can join that growing list of future Dodgers' cornerstones. Thankfully, today is Tuesday.

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Andre Ethier Contract: Dodgers Outfielder Could Earn Up To $100 Million

The Los Angeles Dodgers and two-time All-Star outfielder Andre Ethier are reportedly close to a five-year, $85 million contract extension that would keep the right fielder in Los Angeles through 2017, and possibly 2018 if his option either vests or is exercised.

Dylan Hernandez of the Los Angeles Times reported that the deal could be announced as soon as Tuesday. Hernandez also reported the structure of the contract, which runs through Ethier's age-35 and possibly age-36 season:

2013: $13.5 million
2014: $15.5 million
2015: $18 million
2016: $18 million
2017: $17.5 million
2018: $17.5 million option ($2.5 million buyout)

Tim Brown of Yahoo! Sports reported that the 2018 option could vest with an "easily attainable" number of plate appearances late in the contract.

Ethier's $13.5 million salary would put the Dodgers payroll in 2013 at north of $120 million (including dead money), which doesn't include a first baseman or left fielder, two positions the team could try to upgrade this winter.

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Andre Ethier, Dodgers Reportedly Close To Contract Extension

Andre Ethier is on the verge of getting a five year contract extension with a 6th year vesting option with the Los Angeles Dodgers.

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