Andre Ethier agreed to a five-year contract extension seven months after Los Angeles Dodgers teammate Matt Kemp got a franchise-record eight-year, $160 million deal.
Outfielder Ethier, 30, leads the National League with 54 runs batted in this season while hitting .291 with 10 home runs. He’s spent his entire seven-year Major League Baseball career with the Dodgers, hitting .291 with 119 homers and 500 RBIs.
“This is the place I’ve wanted to be all along and I hope to finish my career in Los Angeles,” Ethier said yesterday at a news conference. “Now we just have to go out and finish our goal of winning a world championship.”
Ethier, who is making almost $11 million this season and would have been eligible for free agency in 2013, has helped the Dodgers to baseball’s best record this season at 40-23.
His extension is worth $85 million and has a $17.5 million vesting option for 2018 based on plate appearances in 2017 or 2016-17, MLB.com reported, citing an unidentified industry official.
The Dodgers in November gave Kemp a contract that exceeded the team-record $105 million seven-year deal pitcher Kevin Brown signed in 1998. Ethier’s contract would be the third biggest in franchise history, MLB.com said.