Dodgers, Ethier agree to five-year deal

06/12/2012 11:18 AM ET
By Lou DiPietro

The Dodgers have agreed to a five-year, $85-million contract extension with outfielder Andre Ethier, reports Jon Heyman of

The new deal, which includes a sixth-year vesting option based on plate appearances that could bring the compensation total up to $100 million, is the third-largest in Dodgers history, behind only the seven-year, $105-million deal Kevin Brown signed in 1998 and the eight-year, $160-million extension Matt Kemp received last winter.

Ethier, who is hitting .292 with 10 home runs and an NL-leading 52 RBI, would have been eligible for free agency at the end of the season, and only publicly said he was open to working out an extension after the team was officially sold this past spring to the group that includes former Lakers great Magic Johnson.

Now, however, he will remain in Dodger blue until at least 2017 or 2018. According to Heyman, Ethier will make $13.5 million next year, $15.5 million in 2014, $18 million in 2015 and 2016 and $17.5 million in 2017, with the 2018 option worth $17.5 million if it vests and $2.5 million if it doesn’t. comments