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Andre Ethier not putting deadline on contract talks with Dodgers

May 23, 2012, 1:57 AM EDT

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During the midst of the Frank McCourt mess, there were rumblings that Andre Ethier would look to join his friend Dustin Pedroia in Boston when he became a free agent after this season.

A lot has changed with the first-place Dodgers (who won their sixth straight game on Tuesday night) since then, and Ethier apparently isn’t in any hurry to go anywhere. My how things change.

Ethier told Bill Shaikin of the Los Angeles Times on Tuesday that he was not going to set a deadline on contract talks with the Dodgers, even as the season progresses and free agency draws near.

“We’ll take a look at whatever they bring to us,” Ethier said. “I don’t look at it any other way. I’m not going to sit here and play what-ifs and what-nots.”

Ethier said the team has yet to make a formal offer, but Shaikin reports that Dodgers GM Ned Colletti has already discussed the idea of re-signing Ethier with team president Stan Kasten.

Ethier is hitting .314 with nine home runs and a .950 OPS so far this season. The right fielder is a two-time All-Star and won a Gold Glove in 2012.

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  1. eutawstreetblues - May 23, 2012 at 10:26 AM

    I’m pretty sure he didn’t win the gold glove in 2012. And he didn’t deserve the one he won in 2011 either…

    • Jack - May 23, 2012 at 11:29 AM

      you don’t have to be pretty sure! google!

      he DID win his gold glove in 2012, and you are right he did not deserve it.

      I wouldn’t have a problem resigning him if the price is right. Obviously a Jayson Werth/Carl Crawford level contract would be absurd but with the changing climate in free agency with more and more teams locking up their elite level players to extensions we aren’t going to see as many 28/29 year old All-Star caliber players available to sign.

      The Dodgers lack of offense (in the minor league pipeline as well) is so obvious that they need to find the bat somewhere. Why not sign Ethier to an extension in the 5 year 70-80 million range and move him to first in a couple years. Now that the ownership situation is straightened out he wants to stay there and as long as he’s healthy hes going to be a productive hitter (even if he doesn’t continue hitting lefties at this clip).

      • davidpom50 - May 24, 2012 at 5:51 PM

        Hmmm… OK, I’ll google it…

        Results are in! We’re only a 1/4 of the way through the 2012 season. Gold Gloves won’t be handed out for a while.

  2. AlohaMrHand - May 23, 2012 at 11:21 AM

    I’ve long said the Dodgers should trade him while he has value.His yearly slump has yet to come and when it does look out.Use that money to lock up Kershaw,Ethier is just another Jason Werth.

  3. sictransitchris - May 23, 2012 at 1:14 PM

    They can have Phil Hughes for him.

  4. willsolo - May 23, 2012 at 6:58 PM

    Andre Ethier wasn’t to go to Boston and play with his boyfriend Dustin. I’m hoping the Dodgers don’t drop a Darren Driefort type contract on his lap because that would really hold back the Dodgers from signing Kershaw.

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