To say that the Los Angeles Dodgers are in bad shape going forward is an understatement. It’s like saying that Alex Rodriguez is overpaid or that Ryan Howard’s achilles is tender. It’s correct, but it doesn’t encompass the true gravity of the situation.
Yep, the Dodgers are pretty much screwed financially. They’ve handed out too many bad contracts to too many barely-above-replacement-level players, and now, given the team’s well-documented ownership/financial woes, the boys in Chavez Ravine face a long, uphill battle towards financial solvency and baseball relevance.
As a result, the Dodgers are on the precipice of having make some very difficult baseball decisions. While Mannywood is still home to plenty of young talent, the gold and platinum financial handcuffs placed on the team by Frank McCourt will not allow all of this talent to be retained.
Although things haven’t devolved into a true firesale situation just yet, some players must go, and unfortunately for Dodgers fans, Andre Ethier will likely be the odd man out.
Here are five reasons why retaining Andre Ethier with a long-term deal is not in the best interest of the Los Angeles Dodgers going forward.