Last Five Dodgers Avoid Arbitration

Just hours before the deadline for teams and eligible players to exchange arbitration figures, all seven eligible Dodgers reached one-year agreements, including outfielder Andre Ethier, closer Jonathan Broxton, catcher Russell Martin, first baseman James Loney and relievers George Sherrill and Hong-Chih Kuo. Contracts for Broxton and Ethier are pending the outcome of physical examinations.

Broxton avoided arbitration last year by agreeing to a one-year, $1.825 million deal that paid him $1.975 million with incentives for finishing 58 games. Terms of the Broxton and Ethier contracts were not known.

Ethier, who also came within minutes of an arbitration hearing last winter, before reaching a last-minute agreement on a $3.1 million deal that became $3.2 million after Ethier added incentives by compiling 685 plate appearances last season.

Martin is the highest paid and will get $5.5 million, Sherrill $4.5 million, Loney $3.1 million and Kou $950,000.

Broxton posted a career-high 36 saves and a 2.61 earned-run average for the Dodgers last season. Ethier had a career season, hitting just .272 but topping his previous highs with 31 home runs and 106 RBI.

Loney made $465,000 last year when he batted .281 with 13 homers and 90 RBIs while playing in all but four regular-season games. Loney's agent said the Dodgers approached Loney about a multiyear deal, but that Loney was interested in signing only a one-year contract.

Kuo, who earned $437,000 last year, went 2-0 with a 3.00 ERA in just 35 appearances last year because of elbow injuries but closed out the season strong. His 55th and 60th appearances would earn him $25,000 each, and his 65th and 70th would earn him $50,000 each. Kuo pitched in 35 games last season.

Sherrill made $2.75 million after beginning last season with Baltimore, the who traded the former All-Star to Los Angeles on July 30. The left-hander would receive $75,000 each for reaching the 60- and 70-game plateaus. Sherrill pitched in 72 games last season.

The deals come on the heels of a similar two-year agreement with center fielder Matt Kemp, who signed last week for two years and $10.95 million.

Offerman Banned From Winter League
Former Dodger All-Star Jose Offerman threw a punch at an umpire during an argument in a Dominican winter league game, the second time in 2 1/2 years that he's attacked someone on a baseball field.

Offerman, manager of the Licey Tigers, appeared to hit first base umpire Daniel Rayburn in the face or neck with his fist during a heated discussion in a game against the Cibao Giants. Rayburn fell to the ground.

Offerman was detained by stadium security and taken to a police station to wait until the end of the game to see if Rayburn would press charges.

The Giants were winning 6-0 in the third inning of the final game of the winter league semifinal playoff series when plate umpire Jason Bradley ejected catcher Ron Paulino for arguing balls and strikes. Offerman came onto the field to talk to Bradley, but ended up arguing with Rayburn.

On Aug. 14, 2007, he was batting for the Long Island Ducks against the Bridgeport Bluefish in an independent minor league game when pitcher Matt Beech hit him with a fastball. Offerman charged the mound with his bat and swung at least twice, striking Beech and Bluefish catcher John Nathans.

In February 2009, Nathans sued Offerman in U.S. District Court in Bridgeport, seeking $4.8 million in damages. Nathans said the attack left him with permanent, career-ending injuries.

Offerman played with Los Angeles 1990-2005, last played in the big leagues in 2005 with the Mets. He batted .273 during his 15 seasons in the majors.

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