3:15 PM ET: Andre Ethier told MLB.com’s Ken Gurnick that he is not retiring and that the previous reports were “totally untrue.”
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
2:43 PM ET: On Sunday, another free agent came off of the market… sort of. 35-year old outfielder Andre Ethier has decided to hang up the cleats after 12 seasons, all of them spent with the Dodgers, according to Robert Murray of FanRag Sports. Ethier became a free agent after the Los Angeles Dodgers bought out his option for $2.5 million.
Ethier, a second round draft pick back in 2003, was one of the most underrated, but deadly hitters in the league during his peak from 2008 until 2015, as he posted a .283/.360/.464 line with 135 home runs over that span. Toward the end of his career, he was slowed down by a myriad of injuries, which limited him to just 64 plate appearances over the past two seasons.
Over the course of his career, Ethier earned two All-Star appearances, a Gold Glove, and a Silver Slugger award, while finishing sixth in NL MVP voting back in 2009. Furthermore, he played in 14 postseason series over the course of his career making it to the World Series last season and going as far as the NLCS on three other occasions.
All told, Ethier earned a whopping $115.112 million over the course of his major league career while bringing 21.8 wins above replacement to the Dodgers.
We here at Baseball Essential wish Andre Ethier all of the best in his future endeavors.