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Posted: Friday, Nov. 2 at 10:30 a.m. ET
After signing a five-year, $85 million contract extension with the Los Angeles Dodgers in mid-June, outfielder Andre Ethier surely thought his long-term future in Chavez Ravine was secure.
That might not be the case, however. According to ESPN's Buster Olney, the Dodgers "are open to the idea" of trading Ethier.
Teams looking for a left-handed bat who can slug 20 home runs with 85 RBI and is under team control for the next five to six years could very well be interested in the 30-year-old outfielder. Yet Ethier's deal is rather expensive and could get even more so.
As the Los Angeles Times' Steve Dilbeck explained, Ethier's contract could become a six-year, $100 million deal if he gets 550 plate appearances in 2017 or 1,100 combined PA's between 2017 and 2018. Meeting those requirements would trigger a $17.5 million option for 2018.
For that kind of money, might any team looking for a power-hitting outfielder opt for Nick Swisher? The cost might be about the same. Though any club that loses out on Swisher might consider Ethier a nice alternative.
If Ethier hit right-handed, the Atlanta Braves and Philadelphia Phillies would surely show interest.
But CBS Sports' Jon Heyman talked to a source "familiar with the Dodgers' thinking" and reports that Ethier won't be traded. For one thing, the Dodgers might need him at the beginning of the season as Matt Kemp and Carl Crawford recover from injuries.
The team also doesn't need to shed Ethier for financial reasons. Having just signed him to that $85 million extension, dealing him off to clear room for another free-agent outfielder seems rather irresponsible.
So it comes down to who you choose to believe, apparently. Is Olney's source right or is Heyman's source the one to listen to?