The Dodgers have a deadline coming up. It’s until for quite some time, but with every day that passes, the amount of the leverage they have in moving Andre Ethier (their lone outfielder with value) dwindles.

Well, technically, they could move Joc Pederson or Yasiel Puig, but thanks to a disappointing second half and repeated issues of the field to go with a disappointing season overall, they’d be selling low on both.


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I’d bring up Carl Crawford as an option to move, but the Dodgers would probably have to eat basically every single penny of his contract to make him attractive to another team. Again, that’d be selling incredibly low.

All that leaves Ethier, who’s coming off a solid season. Here’s Fox Sports’ Ken Rosenthal on the Dodgers’ predicament with their longest-tenured player.

The Dodgers essentially can wait no longer to move outfielderAndre Ethier, who on May 2 will gain full no-trade protection as a player with 10 years of major-league service, five consecutive with the same club.

Ethier’s $17.5 million vesting option for 2018, though, could prove a complication –?? the Dodgers are willing to include a considerable portion of the $35.5 million that Ethier is owed the next two seasons, but the option year gives him the chance for additional income.

Now, one thing potentially working in the Dodgers’ favor is how the contracts handed out to outfielders continue to increase — as evidenced by Jason Heyward’s huge deal that could very well have been even more incredible. So, if you’re a team looking for a cheap solution in the outfield, would you rather sign one of the Winter Meeting’s leftovers or trade for Ethier and have a portion of the deal you’re paying out covered by the Dodgers?

It’s a question teams are undoubtedly asking themselves as the offseason continues, and one that the Dodgers are probably sending fliers throughout the league as the aforementioned deadline to move Ethier looms.

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5 Responses

  1. Doyer

    FYI DN, another incorrectly written start to an article
    “It’s until for quite some time…”

    The site really loses its authority when the quality of writing is this poor and it’s only been since the new design was introduced.

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  2. madrigalmichael88

    Andre Ethier is more better then Carl Crawford in the outfield and at batting. Andre had 2 home runs agains  the angles that keep the you guys in the NLWest. Carl Crawford will just get hurt and on the DL again. Joc Person and Yasiel Puig have lost there power in there batting. Here 6 good trades Carl Crawford & Joc Person or Yasiel Puig & Carl Crawford or Joc Person & Yasiel Puig or Scott Van Slyke & Carl Crawford or Joc Person & Scott Van Slyke or Scott Van Slyke & Yasiel Puig.

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  3. jhstoneca

    Either + $10M to the Angels for CJ Wilson. Wilson is owed $20M in 2016 and is a UFA after the season, so the Dodgers save around $20M in payroll in 2017/18 and the Angels get their needed outfielder and a left handed bat to boot.

    The Dodgers ought to have done this deal for Kinsler with the Rangers 2 years ago because the contracts were a wash but Ned Colleti never returned my calls.

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