Here’s an interesting tweet from this morning. MLB.com writer Phil Rogers is reporting that the White Sox have reached out to the Dodgers about acquiring longtime Dodger outfielder Andre Ethier. Of course Ethier has been involved in trade rumors for the last few years now so this comes as no surprise. The White Sox have been known to be looking for outfield help and are also rumored to be considering signing free agent Dexter Fowler.
— Phil Rogers (@philgrogers) February 1, 2016
Ethier is a 10+5 man. Meaning he has 10+5 rights because he’s been in the majors for ten seasons or more and has been with the Dodgers for five consecutive seasons or more. (Those rights don’t kick in until April 21st) So if the Dodgers were to trade him after that date Ethier could veto the trade.
Andre Ethier had a very productive year in 2015 slashing a line of .294/.366/.486 with an .852 OPS in 445 plate appearances. Ethier slugged 14 home runs, drove in 53 RBIs and played in 142 games last season.
Ethier has two years left on his contract with a vesting option year. He’s due to earn 18 million dollars this year and 17.5 million in 2017. He also has a 2.5 million dollar buyout. The Dodgers would love to be able to dump Carl Crawford instead, but nobody is interested in him because of his age, declining skills, and hefty contract.
The Dodgers also just recently acquired young outfielder Trayce Thompson from the White Sox in the Jose Peraza trade. Whether Thompson makes the opening day roster is unknown but he remains an intriguing option. I think the Dodgers would probably hold onto Ethier for now at least. However they could move him if they feel Thompson is MLB ready.
Ethier is currently the longest tenured Dodger. He’s been with the club since 2006, (acquired in 2005) and has spent his entire MLB career with the Dodgers.
What do you guys think? Should the Dodgers move Ethier? Or should they hold onto him? My vote is to hold onto him for now. I think Ethier is still a valuable player that can contribute in 2016.