Los Angeles Dodgers File for Bankruptcy: Is Andre Ethier as Good as Gone?
Before the start of the 2011 MLB season, the man most concerned about Andre Ethier's future with the Los Angeles Dodgers was Ethier himself.
In an act of either insecurity or true humility, Ethier publicly questioned whether it would be worth the Dodgers' while to keep him around after the season. "If I don't play well, we have seen them non-tender guys here," he said. "If you do play well, sometimes they don't offer those guys arbitration because their salaries are too high."
Los Angeles GM Ned Colletti said he was "surprised" by the comments, and the thought of non-tendering Ethier is absurd. But even though the two sides have discussed "vague parameters" of an extension, his future with the Dodgers is definitely in question.
The team filed for bankruptcy today, so they probably won't be able to pay both Ethier and Matt Kemp the eight-digit arbitration salaries they're due to receive. With the Dodgers 9.5 games back in the NL West, Ethier could be traded in the next few weeks.
Ethier is hitting .317/.389/.461 with seven homers, 37 RBI and 2.4 WAR.
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