The Los Angeles Dodgers signed outfielder Andre Ethier to an $85 million, five-year deal through 2017 on Tuesday, keeping him and Matt Kemp together in the middle of the lineup.
The new deal includes salaries of $13.5 million for next year, $15.5 million for 2014, $18 million each for 2015 and 2016 and $17.5 million for 2017.
“I knew there were options at the end of the day, but why look at them when the best option is here?” Ethier said.
Ethier is currently playing in his seventh season with the Dodgers and leads the National League with 54 RBI.
CLEMENS’ FATE NOW IN JURY’S HANDS
The dozen jurors who will decide Roger Clemens’ fate heard a day of closing arguments and began deliberations Tuesday.
The jury met for about 15 minutes before being excused for the day. They will reconvene this afternoon, then unless they reach a quick verdict, take off until Monday because of a long-scheduled out-of-town business trip by the judge.
VALVERDE DENIES SPITBALL THROW
Detroit Tigers closer Jose Valverde denied throwing a spitball in the ninth inning of Sunday night’s 7-6 win over the Cincinnati Reds.
An internet video showed Valverde putting his glove, with the ball in it, to his mouth before delivering a 1-2 pitch to Reds catcher Devin Mesoraco, who struck out on the fastball.
“It’s nothing. I never did anything wrong,” Valverde said on Tuesday before the Tigers game at Wrigley Field. “I put my glove on my mouth, yeah. Why? Because I sweat too much. That’s it.”
FORMER PITCHER DAVE BOSWELL DIES
Dave Boswell, who won 20 games for the Minnesota Twins in 1969 despite missing a couple of weeks after a fight with manager Billy Martin, has died. He was 67.
Boswell went 68-56 for Minnesota, Detroit and Baltimore from 1964-71. The Orioles say the right-hander died Monday at his home in Joppa, Md.
Boswell also made news off the field in 1969. In August, he received 20 stitches after being punched by Martin during a fight in Detroit.
Rangers right-hander Alexi Ogando was placed on the 15-day disabled list and will miss 4-6 weeks with a groin injury. ... The Blue Jays granted Vladimir Guerrero’s request to be released from his minor league contract, giving the nine-time All-Star a chance to seek employment elsewhere. ... The Mets say that 1-800-Flowers founder Jim McCann purchased a minority stake in the team. New York has been selling limited partner shares for $20 million each. ... Tigers reliever Octavio Dotel was placed on the 15-day disabled list with inflammation in his right elbow. ... The Cubs fired hitting coach Rudy Jaramillo, replacing him with James Rowson, the club’s minor league hitting coordinator, on an interim basis. ... The Indians acquired right-hander Esmil Rogers from Colorado for cash. Rogers was 0-2 with an 8.06 ERA for the Rockies this season.