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With Clayton Kershaw Arbitration Looming, A Look At 2012 Los Angeles Dodgers Payroll

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
Pos Player Salary
SP Ted Lilly $12,000,000
OF Andre Ethier $10,950,000
OF Matt Kemp $10,000,000
SP Chad Billingsley $9,000,000
IF Juan Uribe $8,000,000
1B James Loney $6,375,000
RP Matt Guerrier $4,750,000
OF Juan Rivera $4,000,000
SP Chris Capuano $3,000,000
SP Aaron Harang $3,000,000
2B Mark Ellis $2,500,000
IF Jerry Hairston Jr. $2,250,000
OF Tony Gwynn Jr. $850,000
C Matt Treanor $850,000
IF Adam Kennedy $800,000
RP Mike MacDougal $650,000
Totals $78,975,000

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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