Dodgers rumors: LA not trading Andre Ethier

Jayne Kamin-Oncea-US PRESSWIRE

Despite previous rumors, the Dodgers will not be trading outfielder Andre Ethier.

Despite reports from earlier this week, the Los Angeles Dodgers are not going to trade outfielder Andre Ethier this offseason, reports Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com:

"Not happening,'' says a person familiar with the Dodgers' thinking.

Buster Olney of ESPN reported Monday that, according to sources, the Dodgers were open to the idea of trading Ethier. This was surprising news given the team recently signed him to a five-year, $85 million contract extension.

The Dodgers haven’t shut the door on retaining Shane Victorino despite their current outfield of Ethier, Matt Kemp and Carl Crawford. This contributed to some of the speculation surrounding Ethier, but Heyman said that two people familiar with the Dodgers’ thinking shot down the idea of a trade.

As Heyman points out, the Dodgers wouldn’t have to trade Ethier for financial reasons.

Ethier hit .284/.351/.460 with 36 doubles and 20 home runs over 556 at-bats last season. The 30-year-old has maintained a line of .290/.362/.476 over seven years with the Dodgers.

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