Friday, February 18
Karros signs three-year, $24 million extension

Associated Press

LOS ANGELES -- Longtime Los Angeles Dodgers first baseman Eric Karros, who would have been eligible for free agency after this season, agreed Friday to a $24 million, three-year contract extension.


Karros, who will earn $5 million this year -- the final year of a four-year, $20 million deal -- receives a $1.5 million signing bonus, $7 million in 2001, $6.5 million in 2002 and $8 million in 2003.

The Dodgers have a $9 million option for 2004 with a $1 million buyout, with the year becoming guaranteed if Karros makes 500 plate appearances in 2003.

There is a no-trade clause through 2001. Also, he will give $100,000 each year to area charities, including UCLA, Karros' alma mater; the St. Francis Medical Center; and Los Angeles County Schools.

"Bob Daly and Kevin Malone deserve a lot of credit for getting this extension done before the start of training," Karros' agent, Jeff Moorad, said in reference to the Dodgers chief operating officer and general manager. "At long last, the Eric Karros trade rumors are behind us."

Karros, the senior Dodger in length of service, hit .304 last season with 40 doubles and 112 RBI -- all career highs. He also hit 34 homers, equaling a career best.

Karros, 32, began his career with the Dodgers in 1991, and has been their regular first baseman since May 1992. He has hit 211 homers, tied with Steve Garvey for second on the Los Angeles career list behind Ron Cey, who hit 228.

Living out here I get to see Dem Bums on TV. Karros is another throwback warrior, who plays through pain and doesn't whine and complain. It's nice to see somebody of his caliber get rewarded. Even if he does play for the enemy.

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