Dodgers, Chad Billingsley Approaching Extension

The Los Angeles Dodgers and starting pitcher Chad Billingsley appear to be approaching a three-year contract extension, according to ESPN: LA’s Tony Jackson (News Link).

The contract is reportedly in access of $30 million over the life of the deal, which will buy out Billingsley’s first two years of free agency and avoid arbitration after this season. Billingsley, 26, posted a 12-11 record in 2010 with a 3.57 ERA and 171 strikeouts in 191.2 innings over his 31 starts. He has spent his entire five-year career in Los Angeles, where he has won 59 games and appeared in the 2009 All-Star game.

A former first round pick in 2003, Billingsley helps anchor a starting rotation that is led by young left hander Clayton Kershaw. He first made his debut for the Dodgers in 2006 working exclusively out of the bullpen to bolster the team’s run in the playoffs that year. Since 2008, however, he has been used as a starter, posting his best season that same season in which he won 16 games, had a 3.14 ERA and struck out 201 batters.

Much of the Dodgers success will rely upon two main factors: their starting rotation and how some of their young players bounce back after slow seasons. On Wednesday, we will discuss these issues more thoroughly and forecast what the Dodgers could do in a tightly contested National League West.

Also, we’re now three days removed until Opening Day 2011! Yes, it didn’t get hotter than 43 degrees here in Poughkeepsie, NY. But, we’re excited nonetheless!

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We are two senior Sports Communication majors at Marist College in Poughkeepsie, New York. We have launched this blog as part of our senior year capping project, with the goal of creating a comparative analysis and multimedia approach to the differing sports cultures in America.

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