Los Angeles Dodgers outfielder Andre Ethier is currently on the disabled list because of an unfortunate injury during spring training as the result of a foul ball, but there was some good news for him that just recently took place. Today was the day that Ethier achieved his 10-and-5 rights in baseball, and thus it’s a monumental day for him.
10-and-5 rights essentially state that any player who has played ten years in Major League Baseball, and has also spent five seasons with his current club, achieves a full no-trade clause. Meaning, Andre Ethier cannot be traded without his consent. This is a big deal to a player like Ethier who has spent his entire big league career in Los Angeles.
From Bill Shaikin, reporter for the Los Angeles Times:
Ethier: $18M this year, $17.5M next year, $2.5M buyout (or $17.5M salary) for 2018. That's $20M guarantee past '16. https://t.co/ixGKKQ3em1
— Bill Shaikin (@BillShaikin) April 22, 2016
As Shaikin points out, the Dodgers are now on the hook for at least $20 million stretching beyond this current season. His contract has a club option for 2018, but if Los Angeles chooses to not pick it up then it’ll be a $2.5 million buyout. But that’s still a long ways off. The major takeaway today is that the team cannot trade him without his approval.
Ethier has constantly been in trade speculation over the last several seasons, so him reaching this benchmark effectively shuts the door on any chance that the Dodgers will move him. Perhaps a deal could be reached in the future that suits both his needs and Los Angeles’, but that’s a tree that is far too tall to bark up at this moment. We wish Ethier the best in his recovery, and we can’t wait to see him back out there.