Andre Ethier Gets Contract Extension, Dodgers Lose to Angels
There will be an announcement on Tuesday. Andre Ethier confirmed this. It has nothing to do with the Dodgers' 3-2 loss to the Angels.
Monday evening, CBS Sports' Jon Heyman broke the news that Ethier and the Dodgers were "close" to a five-year, $85 million extension with an option that could make it six-years worth $100 million.
"I've been told to say that there will be an announcement tomorrow," Ethier told reporters long after the masses had exited the stadium.
According to Heyman, the deal will give Ethier $13.5 million in 2013, $15.5 million in 2014, $18 million in 2015 and 2016 and $17.5 million in 2017. A sixth-year option will vest based on plate appearances in 2017 or 2016-17 and would be worth $17.5 million making the deal total $100 million. If the option doesn't vest, the Dodgers would pay $2.5 million making the deal worth $85 million.
The 30-year old outfielder is in his last arbitration-eligible year and would have been an unrestricted free agent in the offseason.
Maybe this could explain why Ethier has been gripping the bat a little tight lately. Despite hitting a grand slam in Sunday's victory against the Seattle Mariners, Ethier had been hitting .132 on the ten-game road trip striking out 12 times.
While the grand slam might have held promise that Ethier would get out of his slump, no such luck against Angels' pitching where he struck out three times.
"Are you here to ask me why I couldn't get a hit tonight," Ethier joked.
While he certainly didn't help things out, the Angels do have the Dodgers number. Even when they tried to give the game away in the first inning, the grinning mug of Albert Pujols would be the last one laughing.
In the first inning rookie Angels' starter Garrett Richards walked Dee Gordon. Two pitches later Elian Herrera hit a ground-rule double into the left field box seats. After Andre Ethier grounded to the shortstop to score Gordon, Richards walked former teammate Bobby Abreu to keep the charity going.
After Jerry Hairston, Jr. flew out to centerfield, James Loney who drove in a run in each of the last two games got ready to continue his streak. Except he didn't need to lift the bat off his shoulders.
Richards tried to pickoff Herrera on second base. However instead of the ball ending up in shortstop Erick Aybar's glove, off into the outfield it went. To make matters worse centerfielder Mike Trout bobbled the ball backing up the play allowing Herrera to score from second base.
From there on the Dodgers couldn't capitalize. Two double plays hit by Tony Gwynn, Jr. after A.J. Ellis had two of his career-high four walks helped keep the Angels in the game.
It seemed like from that point on Trout was on a mission to atone for his mishap. He crushed a solo homer in the fourth inning that landed in the left field loge section and singled in Erick Aybar in the sixth inning to tie the game.
There he was again in the ninth inning getting a one-out walk off of Dodgers' closer Kenley Jansen. After Torii Hunter struck out, the Dodgers had a decision to make: face Pujols or walk Pujols and pitch to Mark Trumbo.
"It's not a great choice either way," Mattingly explained. "Trumbo's swinging the bat good, and Albert is swinging the bat good. Really in that situation we just pick our poison.
"With Trout out there, if we end up walking Albert then we've got to hold and try not to let him steal third because then they'll get second and third. To me I don't want to have a chance to be down two. If I'm going to be down anything, I'm going to be down one. We really felt like Kenley there with his cutter, if he gets the ball away from him, is where we want to be."
The Dodgers pitched to Pujols who took a 3-1 pitch by Jansen to left-centerfield.
The Angels have now won 10 of the last 13 overall games against the Dodgers and 11 of the last 15 at Dodger Stadium. However the Dodgers still have the best record in the Major Leagues. And to boot, the players all received the Kings' Stanley Cup Champion t-shirts.