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Andre Ethier is on the trading block

Dec 18, 2012, 9:26 AM EDT

UPDATE: Rosenthal says the Dodgers have “zero intention” of trading Ethier, but will listen. He says two teams have inquired.

October: The Dodgers are interested in trading Andre Ethier!

November: No, the Dodgers are not interested in trading Andre Ethier.

December: The Dodgers are interested in trading Andre Ethier:

I don’t doubt that the Dodgers would actually like to trade Ethier, but he’s got an ugly contract, even by late 2012’s increasingly crazy standards. L.A. owes him $85 million between now and 2017. This for a guy who turns 31 next season.  If anyone wanted Ethier, they’d be better off just signing Nick Swisher themselves.

Which doesn’t mean he’s untradable. For one thing — as one of my Tweeps notes — a free agent like Swisher may nit wish to go to a place like, say, Seattle, so if the M’s wanted his like, they could do a deal for Ethier. And of course, L.A. could kick in a lot of money in any Ethier deal.

Still seems pretty unlikely anyone would bite, but stranger things have happened.

  1. lostsok - Dec 18, 2012 at 9:31 AM

    Either hits right-handers way better than Swisher, but Swisher crushes lefties where Either can’t touch them. Both are adequate but unspectacular fielders.

    It seems like kind of a zero sum move for LA.

  2. MyTeamsAllStink - Dec 18, 2012 at 9:41 AM

    I’ve never been the biggest Eithier fan but didn’t they just sign him to a new contract?And Swisher isn’t much of an upgrade if that’s who they are in fact targeting.Im guessing Eithier and his whining may have finally gotten old while Swisher is a good clubhouse guy.

  3. chill1184 - Dec 18, 2012 at 10:07 AM

    Obviously the Dodgers would have to eat some of that money in order to move him. I dont see a team taking 17 mil per year for an outfielder who is going to be 31 next season.

    • paperlions - Dec 18, 2012 at 11:18 AM

      Of course they would have to eat a lot of that deal…he’s never had a single season worth that kind of salary…and now he’s no the wrong side of 30. He wouldn’t have gotten a contract even close to that extension if he was a FA.

      • senioreditor2 - Dec 18, 2012 at 12:07 PM

        Have you seen the dollars being thrown around this off season. He undoubtedly would have been given similar money if 29 other teams had a chance to bid.

      • paperlions - Dec 18, 2012 at 2:00 PM

        No, he wouldn’t have. Those dollars have only been thrown at a few guys…each of which are far better than Ethier. He’s just not that good There is no way anyone was giving him $17M/year for 5 years. Upton didn’t get that and he’s the far more valuable and younger player.

  4. sdelmonte - Dec 18, 2012 at 10:10 AM

    Ironically, the only team that seems to be making trades for contracts like Ethier’s is the Dodgers.

  5. hisgirlgotburrelled - Dec 18, 2012 at 10:13 AM

    I wonder if getting traded to Seattle is what Ethier had in mind when he signed a 6-year contract to stay in LA just 6 months ago.

  6. SOBEIT - Dec 18, 2012 at 11:08 AM

    dejavu…this will be the story for years. Just replace Ethier with the next max contract player who is suddenly unproductive, but you have a logjam of players at the position, and there is an upgrade available in the FA market.

  7. losanginsight - Dec 18, 2012 at 12:42 PM

    Ned should try to get GC Stanton and pay 95% of Ethiers contract and throw in the Harangatang too.

  8. MyTeamsAllStink - Dec 18, 2012 at 1:19 PM

    Eithier to the Rangers for Ian Kinsler.Dodgers need a second baseman (sorry mark Ellis) and the Rangers need a right fielder

    • paperlions - Dec 18, 2012 at 2:02 PM

      Why would the Rangers do that when they can sign Swisher, who is the same player, only more durable with slightly better defense, to a better contract without trading anyone?

      • koufaxmitzvah - Dec 18, 2012 at 6:12 PM

        Swisher has a Gold Glove?

      • paperlions - Dec 18, 2012 at 6:48 PM

        Yeah, because GG are reflective of defensive ability. *eye roll*

      • koufaxmitzvah - Dec 19, 2012 at 7:38 AM

        Come on, Paper. If Swisher is a better defender than Ethier ,then he should have at least 2 Gold Gloves. Based off of your rhetoric.

        So what crazy stat indicates that Swisher is better than Ethier in the outfield?

  9. iamjimmyjack - Dec 18, 2012 at 2:03 PM

    When is Ned Colletti going to get canned? This guy is handing out ludicrous contracts. Stan Kasten is a smart man. I’d be suprised if Colletti lasts another year. Yes he’s aquired good talent, but still the Dodgers are a great franchise. They shouldnt have to overpay to attract free agents. Its Los Angeles.

  10. djjackson81 - Dec 18, 2012 at 11:29 PM

    I’m glad he a Dodger being a Dbacks fan. 200 + million and counting hope Beckett and Crawford earn there money

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