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Billingsley signs contract extension with Dodgers

Posted on: March 28, 2011 7:20 pm
Edited on: March 29, 2011 6:23 pm
By Matt Snyder

Right-handed pitcher Chad Billingsley has finalized a three-year contract extension to stay with the Dodgers, the club announced Tuesday. It will pay $35 million and has an option for a fourth year. The deal would eat up the first few years of free agency, as Billingsley was set to hit the market in 2013. This deal will begin in the 2012 season, after Billingsley earns $6.275 million this coming season. The option season is 2015.

“Through his professional career Chad has shown that he is very capable of winning games and taking the ball,” general manager Ned Colletti said in a press release. “His won-loss record speaks to that as well as his innings pitched totals.”

The 26 year old arrived in the bigs in 2006 and has been a productive pitcher for the Dodgers since. He was at his best in 2008, going 16-10 with a 3.14 ERA and 201 strikeouts in 200 2/3 innings. Since then he's regressed, but his 2010 season was better than '09. Last season, he was 12-11 with a 3.57 ERA, 1.28 WHIP and 171 strikeouts in 191 2/3 innings. Walks have always been a bit of an issue, but his 3.2 BB/9 in 2010 was the best rate of his career. He has proven he'll eat innings, having thrown 190-plus in the last three seasons.

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Awesome! Good to see them getting their core locked up!

Next up Kershaw, Kemp, Ethier?

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