The Andre Ethier trade rumor odyssey has been one of the most intriguing storylines this offseason. The 30-year-old outfielder has been rumored to be headed to several places including the Seattle Mariners.
One aspect that could be preventing any possible trade is the large sum of money still owed to Ethier. He is still due to make $85 million dollars and there are very few teams with the amount of financial resources to swing such a deal.
So, who could make a trade for the slugger? The New York Yankees could be a possibility. A straight-up trade for Curtis Granderson would work if the Dodgers were willing to eat some of the money remaining on Ethier’s contract.
Granderson has $15 million left on his contract and will be a free agent after the 2013 season.
So, who do you believe?
If you were going to believe Dodgers GM Ned Colletti, you’d think there is zero possibility that Ethier gets traded. Even Ethier seems to believe that he is going to be wearing Dodger blue in 2013.
“I haven’t looked too much into it,” Ethier told Steve Dilbeck of the Los Angeles Times. “It’s something I see as rumors. I think Ned was pretty quick to say there was nothing to it. That was enough to ease my mind, even though obviously there was a lot following that. I wasn’t going to let it consume me. Just keep going about my business, trusting in Ned and what Stan [Kasten, CEO] had to say with me being in their plans, and no plans to move me, unless it was an offer they can’t refuse, which is understandable.”
There have been way too many Ethier rumors to believe that there isn’t any validity to the possibility of a move. If a team likes Ethier and is willing to pay some of his remaining contract there is a possibility he could be moved before the start of the season.