The Dodgers and Andre Ethier have agreed on a one-year, $3.1 million contract and will avoid arbitration, The Post has learned.
Ethier can earn an extra $100,000 in plate-appearance incentives.
The real question is, of course, how in the hell a New York paper is getting the scoop on a contract from a Los Angeles team that’s training in Arizona. This sounds about right, though – Ethier had asked for $3.75m, while the Dodgers had offered $2.65m. If Ethier nails the incentives, he’ll get the midpoint of the two deals, which is really how 90% of these situations work out anyway. Now that that’s out of the way, let’s work on a longer term deal, shall we?
On another topic, we can’t ever get enough old, washed-up veteran pitchers:
Isringhausen, 36, stands at 293 career saves, including a franchise record 217 in seven seasons with the Cardinals. The Los Angeles Dodgers and Milwaukee Brewers also have expressed interest in bringing him into camp to audition for middle or set-up relief.
Actually, I’m kidding – I’d completely be in favor of this assuming it’s reasonably priced. Isringhausen was abysmal last year (5.70 ERA in 42 games, which is a 75 ERA+, along with a 1.641 WHIP), but was excellent in 2007 (2.48 ERA, 177 ERA+, 1.071 WHIP). Guys who’ve been as good as he has for as long as he has don’t generally fall off a cliff that hard without an underlying reason, and Isringhausen did indeed have tendon surgery on his arm in September. If, as he states, he’s recovered (though who doesn’t say that at this time of year), why not bring him in? Unlike Trevor Hoffman, this wouldn’t be to take over the closer’s role from Jonathan Broxton, just to add another arm to the relief corps. Works for me.
Update: Almost forgot to mention, I did a five questions segment about the Dodgers as part of the season preview at the most excellent Razzball. My number one prediction: this is the only Dodgers preview you’ll read this year that involves Wilmer Valderrama, STDs, and the corpse of Ricardo Montalbon.