Andre Ethier avoids arbitration, signs for $3.1 million

That’s a hair south of the midpoint — a $100,000 hair, that is — but he can get to the midpoint if he maxes out on his incentives, which are $25,000 each for 596 and 625 plate appearances and $50,000 for 650 PAs. If the 596 seems like a weird number, that’s exactly how many PAs he had in 2008. What apparently opened the door for this was the fact two comparable players, St. Louis’ Ryan Ludwick and Pittsburgh’s Nate McLouth, settled within the past 24 hours. Ludwick got $3.7 million, and McLouth actually signed a three-year deal that has an average annual value of $4.3 million. It wouldn’t be accurate to say Ethier’s signing came at the last second. The sides actually postponed the hearing while they got a deal done in a hallway outside the hearing room. Ned Colletti estimates the agreement was reached between 10 and 10:15 this morning. The hearing had been scheduled for 9:30.

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  • Andre

    One less thing to worry about.

  • Steve the Fan

    Hey Tony,
    Have you heard anything about an offer being sent to Manny? 3 years 70 million with maybe a forth year as a player or team option? I call BS but this claims to be in the know.

  • Tony Jackson

    Steve, no such offer has been made — unless THAT was the proposal made by the other side

  • Tony Jackson

    Just found out that is NOT the proposal made by the other side. So I’m not sure where that rumor came from, but you are correct in your assessment: it’s definitely not true.