The new Los Angeles Dodgers owners, led by Mark Walter, Stan Kasten and Magic Johnson, are close to inking their first major deal. As reported by CBSSports.com, the Dodgers and Andre Ethier are close to signing a $85-million, five-year contract extension. The deal is reported to include a sixth-year vesting option. This is good news for Dodgers fans, as not only will they keep a star player that was set to become a free agent at the end of the season, they also are showing the will to spend to win. This looks to be a fine start to the new ownership regime.
Entering Monday night’s game, Ethier was batting .292 with ten home runs and 52 RBI. His 52 RBI leads the National League for the first place N.L. West Dodgers (39-22).