Originally posted on FOX Sports  |  Last updated 5/7/12
Dodgers right fielder Andre Ethier has warts. Injuries limited him to fewer than 140 games in each of the past two seasons. His career OPS is .909 against right-handers, but only .667 against lefties. Yet Ethier, 30, is a fascinating case - and not simply because he represents the first opportunity for the Dodgers' new ownership to make a statement in the post-McCourt era. New Dodgers president Stan Kasten, a tough, experienced negotiator, likely will want to see Ethier stay healthy and productive for a full season before awarding him the game's next $100 million contract. The problem is, Ethier's price will only rise if he stays healthy and productive. And in the supply-and-demand, give-and-take nature of free agency, he already holds an advantage. Among potential free-agent outfielders, only the Rangers' Josh Hamilton fares better than Ethier in career OPS-plus - a statistic that adjusts a player's OPS to his park and league, with 100 defined as league average. Here are the c...
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