Rumors continue to circulate that the Mets are in the market for a power-hitting outfielder. Giancarlo Stanton – wow, wouldn’t that be great? Carlos Gonzalez – now, that would be exciting! Andre Ethier – wait, wait… what?
One of these things is not like the other.
In 2009, Ethier hit 31 HR, drove in 106 runs and had an .869 OPS. But, Toto, I don’t think we’re in 2009 anymore. In the three full seasons since then, Ethier has averaged 18 HR and 78 RBIs a year and has averaged an .820 OPS. This year he is on pace for 9 HR and 48 RBIs to go along with a .728 OPS. And that’s in 157 games and 539 ABs.
Ethier is a lefty and hold on to your hats, but he struggles against lefties. LHP have limited him to a .609 OPS this year. He’s also 31 years old and in the middle of a multi-year contract which runs through 2017 with a vesting option for 2018 when he’ll be 36.
So, he peaked four years ago, he’s having for him an absolutely terrible year, he’s owed at least $71.5 million and he nee