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The Mariners are calling the Dodgers to, I dunno, ask how their day has been

Jan 2, 2013, 2:04 PM EDT

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From Buster Olney’s column today:

The Seattle Mariners have called the Los Angeles Dodgers repeatedly about Andre Ethier, and while the Dodgers’ intention is to open the season with him as their right fielder, they have told other teams all winter that they’re always willing to listen to offers. As of now, the Mariners haven’t been moved to present any, sources say.

If they’re not making offers, what are they saying on those calls?

I really don’t understand trade rumors sometimes.

  1. DelawarePhilliesFan - Jan 2, 2013 at 2:10 PM

    The Mariners are just trying to find out who the Mystery Team is

  2. richardf954 - Jan 2, 2013 at 2:28 PM

    A trade rumor with no proposed trade …huh ??
    my guess- What would you like for Ethier ?how about our 3 best prospects and Dre for Felix ??
    how about No !! ok have a great day .. The bottom line is the Mariners have only one player the Dodgers want , and they are in win now mode so trading away our starting right fielder for prospects aint going to happen.

  3. digbysellers - Jan 2, 2013 at 2:40 PM

    Maybe the M’s could trade Ken Phelps for him. It seemed to work out well the last time.

  4. ajcardsfan - Jan 2, 2013 at 2:43 PM

    Maybe it’s just John Draper up to his old Captain Crunch antics again disguising his voice as Eric Wedge.

  5. seattlenative57 - Jan 2, 2013 at 2:47 PM

    snooze alert….

  6. icanspeel - Jan 2, 2013 at 3:09 PM

    Is it me or is every news update or rumor involving the Mariners always lead to nothing?

  7. sdelmonte - Jan 2, 2013 at 3:21 PM

    “We’re fine here. How are you?”

    • samu0034 - Jan 2, 2013 at 4:26 PM

      Boring conversation anyway.

  8. anybodyinhere - Jan 2, 2013 at 4:09 PM

    I’m sure they call out of pure loneliness. After all, their shortest roadtrip is 680.7 miles as the jet flies according to Its not like they can just go out and grab a beer, GM to GM…

  9. lostsok - Jan 2, 2013 at 9:15 PM

    King Felix for Ethier. That seems fair. Heck, LA can throw back Harang and Capuano. Nick Punto too, just to make it a slam-dunk for Seattle.

    Done and done.

  10. snowbirdgothic - Jan 2, 2013 at 11:08 PM

    I just met you/and this is crazy/but you want to dump Ethier’s contract/so for the love of God, tell us what it would take so we could actually do something this goddamned offseason and convince our fans that we’re not in hibernation over here

  11. chiefmac64 - Jan 3, 2013 at 2:42 AM

    Ethier needs to go. Bad team guy. Tends to pout when not hitting well. Too streaky. Trade him and go sign Bourne to play CF and bat leadoff and move Kemper to RF.

  12. oprk - Jan 4, 2013 at 6:00 AM

    I don’t know why they would make an offer for a player who has declined in his contact rate and raised his k % 5 years straight while fading as the season goes on during the same period, who also turns 32 a week into the season and has 5 years remaining at $17mil per left on his contract. Not to mention he can’t hit left-handed pitching at all. Declining production, $85mil owed over the next 5 years and he’s already about 32, and we’d have to platoon him with someone like Casper Wells against southpaws.

    Mariners haven’t made an offer because they won’t. Likely will see what happens with Morse after the LaRoche situation clears up considering he’d give the same production with 1 year and $7mil left on his contract. Ethier is the next Chone Figgins/Jason Bay type by looking at his half decade of decline already, $85mil owed from 32 on, and is a platoon corner outfielder. Ouch to handing him that contract to sign a year ago.

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