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For the time being, the Los Angeles Dodgers have enough at-bats to keep Andre Ethier and Yasiel Puig in their starting lineup. Even after fellow outfielders Matt Kemp and Carl Crawford return from the disabled list, manager Don Mattingly is confident that there will be enough playing time to go around to allow LA to keep all four in the majors. Mark Saxon of ESPN isn't quite as sure, and he says there is a 75-percent chance that Ethier is traded in the next nine months.
To make room on their roster for the return of Kemp and Crawford, Saxon sees only a few other scenarios, and he doesn't consider any of them to be as likely as an Ethier trade. Puig could be sent down, something that the Dodgers have basically said won't happen. Ethier could also become a ridiculously expensive fourth outfielder. Or someone other than Ethier could be traded. Puig isn't going anywhere, and Saxon believes it's much more likely that Ethier is dealt than either Kemp or Crawford.
Considering Ethier recently signed his lucrative contract extension with the Dodgers, there's been talk that the team would have to eat as much as half of his remaining deal in order to facilitate a trade. Saxon isn't buying this, as he compares the four years and $71.5 million remaining on Ethier's deal beyond this season to the four-year deal Nick Swisher signed with the Cleveland Indians that could pay him around $70 million when all is said and done.
So where could Ethier land? The New York Mets have been tied to the outfielder, while Saxon also mentions that the Texas Rangers, Seattle Mariners, Kansas City Royals and Baltimore Orioles have all been brought up.
Do you think an Ethier trade as Saxon believes it to to be?
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