Despite the Los Angeles Dodgers having a potential deadline for a trade of outfielder Andre Ethier, that doesn’t mean that the team actually wants to trade him away from their club. That is, of course, if you are to believe general manager Farhan Zaidi.
The 33-year old outfielder hit .294 with the team last season, and even slugged 14 home runs and drove in 53 runs. The issue is that Ethier is now a little bit of a platoon player, although he can register close to 400 plate appearances, if needed, during a season. But the Dodgers remain adamant they’re not trading him.
Andre Ethier: GM Farhan Zaidi downplayed the persistent rumors that the Dodgers would like to deal the veteran outfielder. “When a guy is an important and productive part of your team, you don’t spend your time worrying about whether you can trade him,” Zaidi told Andy McCullough of the Los Angeles Times. The White Sox were reportedly interested in Ethier earlier this month, but that rumor fizzled. Ethier is scheduled to make $35.5 million over the next two seasons, and has a vesting option for 2018.
If you’re to take Zaidi at his word, then the Dodgers aren’t worrying about whether they can trade him or not. Then again, that doesn’t mean they aren’t at least exploring deals to move him if one comes across their table. You have to read a little bit through the lines here.
With Ethier in line to make $35.5 million over the upcoming two seasons, you have to wonder if the Dodgers do indeed think it’s prudent to move him should a team come calling. There are still teams out there who could use him, but that doesn’t mean there’s a match to be made there.
Either way, as of right now Andre Ethier is still on the roster and the team is going to likely head into the season with him being there unless something drastic changes on the trade front. The team isn’t worried about whether they can trade him, but that doesn’t mean he can’t be moved. We’ll just have to see what happens.