Once the Los Angeles Dodgers traded away outfielder Matt Kemp, it was thought that they might be done making moves in the outfield.
The fact of the matter is that with Yasiel Puig, Carl Crawford, Scott Van Slyke, Andre Ethier and Joc Pederson, the outfield is still a bit crowded. Many expect Pederson to take over in center, while Crawford and Van Slyke will continue their platoon in left field. That leaves Ethier without a job again, but it wouldn’t be expected of him to show the same feelings as last season. The former All-Star let it be known this offseason that he was interested in a starting position, even if that was not in Los Angeles.
According to Roch Kubatko of MASN, the Dodgers have had talks with an AL East team about the 32-year-old:
They maintain a lower level of interest in free agent Nori Aoki and have engaged in trade talks with the Dodgers regarding Andre Ethier, according to an industry source.
The Orioles had talks with the Dodgers about Kemp, but it appeared that the Dodgers asking price of top pitching prospects Dylan Bundy and Kevin Gausman was too much. Ethier would come at a much cheaper price, although it’s unclear what the teams are discussing. Following the loss of Nick Markakis and Nelson Cruz, the Orioles need another bat and outfielder in their lineup. If the two sides can come to an agreement, it would benefit both teams and possibly benefit Ethier more than staying in Los Angeles.
Ethier has been on the decline in recent years, going from an MVP candidate in 2009 to the fifth outfielder last season. He hit just .249 with four home runs and 42 RBIs last year, the lowest totals of his career.
Now that there is at least one team engaged, others may follow and Ethier could be gone by April.