Will the Dodgers move Andre Ethier?

Andre EthierAccording to CBSSports.com’s Jon Heyman, rival executives say the Dodgers will need to pay at least half of Andre Ethier’s contract, or take back an equally bad contract, if they want to find a trade for their outfielder.

Ethier is in the second year of a five-year, $85 million extension, which includes a $17.5 million vesting option for 2018 (with a $2.5 million buyout).

In late May, ESPN.com’s Buster Olney listed the Mets among seven teams that would be a potential suitor for Ethier, in the event the Dodgers look to move him this summer.

Matthew Cerrone, Lead Writer

In a perfect world, I think Sandy Alderson would like to trade for a power bat this summer, than sign a lead-off hitting outfielder to a short-team deal in the off season. I just don’t see how he gets that bat now, though.

So, a guy like Ethier could be a solid gamble for the Mets, assuming Los Angeles will pick part of the tab. Ethier at, say, $10 million a year or so for the next three years guaranteed, might be a nice compliment to Lucas Duda in left field, but that’s assuming the team can find more meaningful offense in the winter with free agent dollars.