The longest tenured Dodger Andre Ethier is not going to retire despite initial reports. Ethier has been a Dodger for the last 12 seasons spending his entire career in Los Angeles. His contract expired after the end of the 2017 season and the Dodgers decided not to pick up his 17.5 million dollar club option instead deciding to buy him out of his contract for 2.5 million dollars.
The 35-year old veteran’s five-year 85 million dollar contract ran through the end of the 2017 season. The Dodgers inked Ethier to that big contract back in 2012. Ethier broke the record for most postseason games played in Dodgers history this year with 51 playoff game appearances.
Andre Ethier said reports that he's retiring are "totally untrue." Teams have already shown interest, he said his back is healthy and he's preparing to play in 2018.
— Ken Gurnick (@kengurnick) November 26, 2017
Ethier has been riddled with injuries over the last couple of seasons battling a broken leg and back problems. Ethier played in just 16 games in 2016 and 22 in 2017. He batted .235 (8 for 34) with 2 home runs and three runs batted in while garnering 38 plate appearances last season.
There were initial reports that Ethier had told his family and friends that he was considering retiring. However Ken Gurnick reported that those reports were not true and that Ethier intends to play in 2018. Whether that’s with the Dodgers or with another club remains to be seen.
When all is said and done Ethier finished his Dodger career with a slash line of .285/.359/.463 with 162 home runs and an .822 OPS in 12 big league seasons. He scored 641 runs and knocked in 687 runs. Dre was selected to two all-star games and also won a gold glove (2011) and a silver slugger in 2009.
Ethier’s final at-bat was a pinch-hit RBI single in game 7 of the 2017 World Series. Ethier was 2 for 5 in the World Series and also hit a home run in the NLCS. He has a .246 (31 for 126) career postseason batting average with 5 home runs and 11 runs batted in. He’s collected 145 career postseason plate appearances all with the Dodgers.