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With the way the Los Angeles Dodgers have started the season
and his recent incident with manager Don Mattingly, there has been speculation
that outfielder Andre Ethier may be available. While Los Angeles could
eventually decide to trade Ethier, they will only do so when they determine he
can no longer be an effective player for them, according to Buster Olney of
Olney adds that if the Dodgers do reach that conclusion,
they would be willing to absorb a large portion of the roughly $80 million that
is still due to Ethier.
Mattingly recently called out his team, saying they needed
to get tougher. He singled out Ethier, benching him as a result. While Ethier’s
name has since joined the rumor mill, there’s also talk that Mattingly might
not be long for his current position as manager of the Dodgers.
Last season, the Dodgers signed Ethier to a six-year, $95.95
million contract. After hitting .284/.351/.460 with 36 doubles and 20 home runs
last year, the 31-year-old is off to a slow start in 2013. Over 182 plate
appearances he’s hit .253/.346/.386 with only 12 extra-base hits.
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