Tuesday, January 17, 2012

And Then There Was One

The Dodgers have had a very busy Tuesday. With arbitration meetings around the corner, the Dodger decide to lesson their load by negotiating a one year contract with Andre Ethier. News of a deal was release this morning on CAA (Ethier's agents) on twitter.

That's not a bad signing; especially considering Jon's thoughs at Dodger Thoughts.
Based on the history of raises for arbitration-eligible players of his caliber, I had projected in September that Ethier (who made $9.25 million last year) could pull $13 million in salary for 2012. On this, I wasn't alone: Eric Stephen of True Blue L.A. reached the same conclusion, while Mike Petriello of Mike Scioscia's Tragic Illness was close behind at $12 million. By my estimation, $10.95 million (plus $25,000 for reaching 600 plate appearances and again for 625 plate appearances, according to ESPNLosAngeles.com's Tony Jackson) is roughly the minimum Ethier would have gotten in salary arbitration – the figure he would have ended up with had he lost.
I could speculate all day why Andre gave the Dodgers a hometown discount. Though, it's probably best not dwell on it. I'm just thankful that this is a drama I will not have to read about.

Then, just a moment ago, CAA announces another Dodger signing. James Loney and the Dodgers have agreed on a new contract for 2012.

With both Ethier and Loney now signed up for the season that leaves only one more player left in arbitration. Clayton Kershaw is the last player left and I suspect he'll be getting a big raise.

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