What has become more and more evident for Dodgers fan over the last 18 months is that right fielder Andre Ethier will never be as good as his triple crown start to the 2010 season. Some could argue that he might not even be better than a slightly-above-average right fielder.
After a breakout 2009 season that saw him lead the Dodgers to the NLCS on the strength of 31 home runs and 106 runs batted in, he started the first quarter of 2010 on fire ranking among the NL leaders in batting average, homers and RBI. A wrist injury sidelined him and sapped him of his power, killing any momentum he had created for himself.
With his statement of, "This may be my last year here," in spring training of 2011, despite being under team control for the 2012 season, the writing seemed on the wall that a change was needed. A lackluster 2011 campaign that saw his OPS drop to a career low means that his value may be at its lowest.
However despite all the negatives: age (30 in the 2012 season), injuries (elbow, wrist, finger), salary (est. $12 million) and attitude (long documented as the most self-involved of the team's core players), what the Dodgers have is a player who has shown to always be a solid corner outfielder with the piece of mind that he can only be a one-year investment if need be.
Here we will look at the top five trade candidates for the Dodgers right fielder and we will look at what exactly fans could/should expect in return.