Thursday, January 21, 2010
Dodgers Sign Deal With Ethier, Other Transactions
- The Dodgers signed a 2-year/$15.25M deal with Andre Ethier as part of a wider series of contracts that took arbitration off the table for all eligible players, including Matt Kemp, Jonathan Broxton, and Russell Martin.
James Loney, Russell Martin, George Sherrill, and Hong-Chih Kuo have all agreed to one-year deals with the Dodgers.
All four players were eligible for salary arbitration. Martin's contract is for $5.05 million, Loney will make $3.1 million, Sherrill gets $4.5 million and Kuo will earn $950,000.
- Mike Napoli, Jered Weaver, Howie Kendrick, and Reggie Willits all agreed with the Angels on one-year deals to avoid arbitration. Weaver will make $4.265M, Napoli will get $3.6M with $50,000 each for games caught past 100 and 120, Kendrick $1.75M, and Willits $625,000 with plate appearance incentives. Joe Saunders, Jeff Mathis, Erick Aybar, and Maicer Izturis all remain without contracts and are arbitration eligible.
- Jim Thome wisely is talking about a possible return to the Chisox — where he can DH.
- Tim Lincecum has requested $13M in arbitration. I sure wouldn't want to be Sabean trying to negotiate that deal.
- Bengie Molina will be a Giant for another year on a $4.5M deal.
- Felix Hernandez and the Mariners are working on a $78M/5-year deal that would buy out his remaining arbitration years and long-term him at a reasonable price.
- Kevin Kouzmanoff agreed to a one-year deal with Oakland only days after being traded by the Padres for outfielders Scott Hairston and Aaron Cunningham.