Dodgers sign Andre Ethier for $10.95 million
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The Dodgers and outfielder Andre Ethier agreed today on a one-year contract for $10.95 million plus incentive bonuses, according to CAA Sports, the agency that represents Ethier.
Ethier, an all-star in each of the last two seasons, made $9.3 million in 2011. He will turn 30 in April, and he is eligible for free agency after the coming season.
Ethier hit .292 with a career-low 11 home runs last year, increasingly troubled by a right-knee injury that eventually required surgery in September. He hit .311 with an .846 OPS (on-base plus slugging percentage) in the first half of the season and .252 with a .672 OPS in the second half.
He also hit .220 against left-handers. If that performance does not improve, the Dodgers could use either Juan Rivera or Jerry Sands in place of Ethier against left-handers.
-- Bill Shaikin