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Dodgers decline option, veteran Andre Ethier becomes a free agent

By in Press Enterprise on November 6, 2017

By Bill Plunkett

LOS ANGELES – The Dodgers officially declined the option in Andre Ethier’s contract for 2018, making the long-time Dodger a free agent Sunday.

The option called for a $17.5 million salary in 2018. Instead, the Dodgers paid the 35-year-old outfielder a $2.5 million buyout. The Dodgers also hold a club option on infielder Logan Forsythe. They are expected to exercise the option and retain Forsythe for 2018 at a $9 million salary.

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Ethier could re-sign with the Dodgers at a lower salary. With younger left-handed hitting outfielders in Joc Pederson, Andrew Toles (expected back from a torn ACL in 2018) and top prospect Alex Verdugo available and Ethier’s recent injury history, that seems unlikely.

If this ends Ethier’s career with the Dodgers, he leaves after 12 seasons as a two-time All-Star with Gold Glove (2011) and Silver Slugger (2009) awards. He set a franchise record during the World Series by appearing in his 51st postseason game as a Dodger and ranks seventh in Los Angeles history in games played and hits, third in doubles, fifth in RBI and ninth in home runs.

Acquired from the Oakland Athletics in a trade for Milton Bradley before the 2006 season, the Phoenix native and Arizona State product was nonetheless treated as a homegrown Dodger throughout his career in Los Angeles. He hit .285 with 162 home runs in 12 seasons. The final two were gutted by injuries, limiting him to 16 late-season games in 2016 (after a spiral fracture in his right shin suffered in spring training) and 22 in 2017 (due to a herniated disc in his back).

After rejoining the Dodgers in September this year, Ethier talked about the […]    

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