Richard Mackson-USA TODAY Sports
Yes. Here's why.
The Los Angeles Dodgers outfielder is signed through the 2017 season at an average salary of $16 million per year. That is obviously too rich for New York's blood, so the Dodgers would have to fork over $5-6 million per season in order for a possible deal to be consummated.
Ethier hit .272 with 12 home runs and 52 RBI in 142 games last season. A down year, no doubt. However, he is a career .288 batter and has averaged 20 home runs and 83 RBI during his eight-year career.
Those are pretty good numbers.
The Dodgers appear to be interested in listening to offers for Ethier at this time. Their 2013 Opening Day payroll was over $239 million, which was the highest in baseball. Getting rid of a portion of Ethier's contract would certainly bring them some relief.
The Mets would most likely only have to part with a couple of mid-range prospects for Ethier, who is also a fine defensive outfielder as well. His career fielding percentage is .987.
It might seem like a gamble at first to try to acquire Ethier. However, if the Dodgers can pick up at least one-third of his remaining salary, the Mets should dive head first into trade talks with Don Mattingly's club.