MLB Trade Ideas: 5 Andre Ethier Deals If Ownership Situation Forces LA's Hand

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MLB Trade Ideas: 5 Andre Ethier Deals If Ownership Situation Forces LA's Hand
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The Los Angeles Dodgers organization has been through a lot over the last year—starting with the much publicized divorce between Frank and  Jamie McCourt.

Then on April 20, Major League Baseball Commissioner Bud Selig announced he was taking away control of the Los Angeles Dodgers from owner Frank McCourt.

On April 25, former Texas Rangers president J. Thomas Schieffer was hired by Commissioner Selig to run the Dodgers.

The MLB takeover, the divorce and the financial woes associated with these events have almost paralyzed the Dodgers when it comes to player personnel. It has made it difficult at best to sign free agents and to re-sign current players to large contracts.

So one has to wonder where all this leaves the Dodgers on the subject of re-signing star outfielder Andre Ethier.

Ethier is set to make $9.25 million this season, the final season of a two-year contract totaling $15.25 million. Ethier would be eligible for salary arbitration next winter—which makes him a free agent by the end of the 2012 season.

During spring training, Ethier floated the possibility that this could be his final season with the Dodgers. Ethier hinted that he could be traded or that perhaps the Dodgers might decide not to offer him a new contract—much like they did with former catcher Russell Martin, who is now with the Yankees.

So what options do the cash-strapped Dodgers have in regards to Either?

The Dodgers could conceivably trade Ethier, but one problem with that is whoever they trade him for has to fit in with the current player salary budget. That would most likely mean trading Ethier for some minor or major league prospects—not for an established MLB star.

But which prospects would fit the bill? Who could the Dodgers trade Ethier for?

Let's take a look at some possibilities.

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