Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Ethier On Trading Block; Are Sox Interested?

Best Buds Re-United?
Those wacky LA Dodgers are at it again. After swearing that Andre Ethier was not available, word is that Magic Johnson & Co. are willing to unload the 31-year old outfielder and his mammoth contract. Ethier is signed through 2017 and is still owed $85 million. But, Dustin Pedroia is best buddies with Ethier from their Arizona State days, and the organization has always liked Ethier's play. Might they consider a swap if the Dodgers eat a big chunk of that $85 million? Ethier would make sense if Jacoby Ellsbury is moved this off-season. Shane Victorino could move to center and Ethier could play right. Or, if Jacoby stays put (at least through the trading deadline), Ethier would be a huge upgrade over a Jonny Gomes/Ryan Kalish platoon. Also, he's got local some connections, having played for the Keene (NH) Swamp Bats of the New England Collegiate Baseball League in 2001.