Dodgers to tender contracts to nine

Dodgers to tender contracts to nine

INDIANAPOLIS -- General manager Ned Colletti said on Thursday that the Dodgers will tender contracts to all nine of the club's arbitration-eligible players by Saturday's deadline.

The nine are Chad Billingsley, Jonathan Broxton, Andre Ethier, Matt Kemp, Hong-Chih Kuo, James Loney, Russell Martin, Jason Repko and George Sherrill. Other than Repko, who spent 2009 in the Minor Leagues, each is in line for a significant salary increase.

That is especially true for five who are eligible for arbitration for the first time -- Billingsley, Broxton, Kemp, Kuo and Loney.

Currently, the Dodgers have $49.2 million in salary to be paid in 2010 to six players, including only $5 million to Manny Ramirez (with $15 million deferred) and $3.6 million to Andruw Jones (deferred from last year). The other five under contract are Hiroki Kuroda ($15.1 million), Juan Pierre ($10 million), Rafael Furcal ($9.5 million) and Casey Blake ($6 million).

They have roughly $42 million coming off the payroll for 15 free agents, but roughly half of that is earmarked for raises for the arbitration eligibles and the rest to replace the 15 free agents.

Ken Gurnick is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.