Found December 18, 2012 on
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The Los Angeles Dodgers appear capable of anything. Even a trade of right fielder Andre Ethier is not out of the question.
The Dodgers are shopping Ethier, major-league sources say -- and their intent might be to clear a spot for a free agent such as first baseman/outfielder Nick Swisher or center fielder Michael Bourn.
However, one official with knowledge of the Dodgers' thinking says that the talks about Ethier originated from inquiries by two American League clubs, and that the Dodgers are not actively pursuing a deal.
The official adds that the renewed interest in Ethier stems from the shrinking pool of available hitters on both the free-agent and trade markets
The Dodgers have "zero intention" of trading Ethier, the official said, but will listen to offers. The discussions, to this point, have failed to progress.
Whatever the Dodgers' intentions, it seems doubtful that any team would take Ethier's new contract in its entirety. He is a career .238 hitter against left-handed pitching.
But, in the words of one source who has been in contact with the Dodgers, "I wouldn't put anything past them. They've got so much money, they don't care."
Translation: The Dodgers could pay a significant portion of Ethier's contract to facilitate a trade. The Boston Red Sox, New York Yankees, Atlanta Braves and Seattle Mariners are among the teams that could be in the market for outfielders.
One possibility would be to move Ethier for another outfielder -- say, Seattle's Franklin Gutierrez. But Bourn, in particular, would be an intriguing free-agent option.
The Dodgers lack a leadoff hitter, and the addition of Bourn also would enable them to move Matt Kemp from center to right field.
Kemp is coming off shoulder surgery. Left fielder Carl Crawford is coming off Tommy John surgery. And Ethier underwent surgery on his right knee in Sept. 2011.
Ethier lacks a no-trade clause in his new contract. The Dodgers, under new club president Stan Kasten, do not include such provisions in their deals.
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There have been whispers the Dodgers have been shopping Andre Ethier basically the entire winter. Today, those whispers got even louder.
From Mark Feinsand of the New York Daily News (surprisingly enough):
"Source: Dodgers shopping Andre Ethier. If they deal him, they could be in the mix for Nick Swisher."
Mike Petriello said he also heard the team is shopping...
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My reaction: meh.
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The Los Angeles Dodgers have traded right-handed pitcher John Ely to the Houston Astros in exchange for minor league left-hander Rob Rasmussen.
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The Los Angeles Dodgers appear open to moving outfielder Andre Ethier, Mark Feinsand of the New York Daily News reports. He adds that if they are able to move Ethier, they could end up pursuing Nich Swisher.
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The Los Angeles Dodgers aren’t done their offseason overhaul just yet apparently.
The Dodgers, who have been giving their franchise a very pricey facelift in the last four or five months, are still exploring options. According to Mark Feinsand of the New York Daily News, the Dodgers are now shopping outfielder Andre Ethier. Given Ethier’s huge contract and the Dodgers’ astronomical...
The Astros have traded minor league left-hander Rob Rasmussen to the Los Angeles for right-hander John Ely.
The 26-year-old Ely spent most of last season with Triple-A Albuquerque, where he went 14-7 with a 3.20 ERA in 27 starts. He is 4-13 with a 5.70 ERA in 19 big league starts and six relief appearances with the Dodgers during the last three seasons.
Rasmussen was a combined...
The Dodgers have announced that they've traded RHP John Ely to the Astros for LHP Rob Rasmussen.
Edwin Jackson might reach a decision soon, A.J. Pierzynski is making his rounds, and Andre Ethier could be on the market.