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Andre Ethier Reportedly 'Close' To $85 Million Contract Extension

The Dodgers are reportedly close to a contract extension with right fielder Andre Ethier, who will be the first big splash of the new ownership group. Jon Heyman of CBS Sports reported the deal as "close," at five years and a guaranteed $85 million, plus a vesting option for a sixth year. Tim Brown of Yahoo! Sports confirmed the report.

2012 Dodgers Payroll At $114 Million, With $22 Million Of Dead Money

The Dodgers 2012 opening day payroll is a shade over $114 million, almost identical to last year, up less than $1 million. This includes actual money paid out this year to the 25 players on the active roster, any players on the disabled list, and any "dead money," which are deferred payments or buyouts to players no longer here.

Clayton Kershaw Avoids Arbitration With 2-Year, $19 Million Deal

Joe Beimel remains the last Dodger to have a salary arbitration hearing. Clayton Kershaw avoided his next two hearings today, signing a two-year deal worth $19 million.

Dodgers Contract Incentives

Now that Andre Ethier and James Loney have avoided arbitration, the Dodgers have 16 players under contract in 2012, with Clayton Kershaw soon to be number 17 at some point in the next month. Both Ethier and Loney have performance bonuses built into their contracts, as do several Dodgers.

Clayton Kershaw, Dodgers Far Apart Now, But Settlement Seems Likely

The Dodgers took care of two of their three arbitration-eligible players on Tuesday, but one big fish remains. Andre Ethier and James Loney signed one-year deals, but the Dodgers were unable to work out a contract with reigning Cy Young winner Clayton Kershaw.

James Loney Signs For $6.375 Million, Avoids Arbitration

The Dodgers avoided arbitration with James Loney today, signing him to a one-year deal worth $6.375 million plus performance bonuses, per his agency CAA. Last week I guessed a 2012 salary of $7.25 million for Loney, and now I'm kicking myself for not sticking with my original guess of $6 million. Oh well. Loney gets a 30.8% raise over his $4.875 million 2011 salary.

Dodgers Avoid Arbitration With Andre Ethier

The Dodgers avoided arbitration with Andre Ethier, signing him to a one-year deal worth $10.95 million, plus performance bonuses per his agency, CAA. Ethier made $9.25 million 2011 in the final year of a two-year, $15.25 million contract signed before the 2010 season.

Salary Arbitration Eligible Dodgers: Clayton Kershaw

Classify this one as a good problem to have: Clayton Kershaw is too good for salary arbitration. The salary arbitration process was built to create a system of compensation for players not yet eligible for free agency, a system built around finding comparable players, in performance and service time. The system wasn't built for truly unique players, the outliers, the incomparable ones. Players like Clayton Kershaw.

Salary Arbitration Eligible Dodgers: James Loney

Our next look at Dodgers eligible for salary arbitration brings us to James Loney, the first baseman who forged an interesting path in 2011. In the first half of the season, Loney looked like he was following the Casey Kotchman patch to a tee.

Salary Arbitration Eligible Dodgers: Andre Ethier

The Dodgers entered the offseason with seven players eligible for salary arbitration. These players, with between three and six years of MLB service time, has been whittled down to three through a series of transactions. We begin our look at the 2012 arbitration-eligible Dodgers with Ethier, who has one year before being eligible for free agency.

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