Andrew Friedman and the new front office have enjoyed making trades, and plenty of them.
In fact, they’ve already made a mind-boggling 13 trades this offseason, including three with the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim (first time since 1976) and three with other NL West rivals. The only NL West team the Dodgers have yet to make a deal with is San Francisco, but one Giants columnist hopes that changes soon.
John Shea of the San Francisco Chronicle believes the Giants should take a chance on Ethier after missing out on Ben Zobrist, and here is his reasoning:
Ethier is 32, a year younger than Zobrist, but is coming off his worst season, hitting .249 with four homers. That was as a part-timer as the Dodgers tried to squeeze four or five outfielders into three spots. If the Dodgers deal Ethier, they might need to pick up most of his remaining contract, which averages $18 million per year over three years.
Ethier has stated numerous times that he wants to be a starter, but it’s clear he won’t have that opportunity with the Dodgers. His best chance of getting some playing time in Los Angeles would be a platoon role with Scott Van Slyke, and that’s only if an injury or trade occurs with Carl Crawford.
With Michael Morse signing in Miami, the Giants have a definite need for an everyday left fielder, and they conceivably could take a chance on Ethier. Earlier this offseason, the Seattle Mariners were rumored to be a possible destination for Ethier, but they ended up adding Seth Smith and Justin Ruggiano instead. The Baltimore Orioles still have a need for another outfielder, but all signs point to them eventually signing Colby Rasmus.
There was also the failed attempt to ship Ethier back to his home state of Arizona in a deal that would’ve sent Miguel Montero to the Dodgers.
As Shea stated, the Dodgers would have to pick up a large chunk of Ethier’s remaining contract. It’s unknown what the Giants would give up for him, but based on pure speculation, it would probably be a “lottery ticket” prospect, rather than a top prospect such as Kyle Crick or Tyler Beede.
It is worth noting that the Dodgers and Giants have only traded with each other three times since 1958, but that is certainly irrelevant now as Friedman has shown a willingness to trade with anyone.
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