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Dodgers sign Ethier to new 5-year deal


LOS ANGELES >> The Los Angeles Dodgers have signed outfielder Andre Ethier to a five-year deal through 2017.

It’s the team’s first major move under a new ownership group that includes former Los Angeles Lakers star Magic Johnson.

Ethier leads the National League with 53 RBIs. The 30-year-old right fielder is a two-time All-Star who is batting .287 with 10 home runs going into Tuesday night’s game against the Angels.

Ethier says he’s wanted to be with the Dodgers all along and hopes to finish his career with them. He’s been with the team for six seasons, winning a Silver Slugger award in 2009 and a Gold Glove award last year.

In November, the Dodgers signed All-Star slugger Matt Kemp to a $160 million, eight-year deal that equaled the seventh-highest contract in baseball history. That was the team’s last major deal under outgoing owner Frank McCourt. It was is the richest agreement in club history, topping pitcher Kevin Brown’s $105 million, seven-year deal before the 1999 season.

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