Via the Daily News -
Could the Dodgers be positioning themselves for another big strike?
It seemed that Los Angeles was finished with its offseason spending spree after signing Zack Greinke and Hyun-Jin Ryu to go along with last season’s acquisition of Adrian Gonzalez, Josh Beckett, Carl Crawford and Hanley Ramirez.
But a source said the Dodgers have been quietly shopping outfielder Andre Ethier around the league, opening up the possibility that they could pursue either Michael Bourn or Nick Swisher, the top two available free agents.
The source called the Dodgers “a wild card” when it comes to the free agents, though it’s unlikely they would make a big push for either Bourn or Swisher unless they were able to deal Ethier. Los Angeles doesn’t appear to be desperate to make the move, though they would deal Ethier if the move made sense.
According to a source, the Red Sox have been interested in Ethier, though his five-year, $85 million contract could be a deterrent for Boston and other teams when it comes to a trade. The Mariners and Rangers are also still looking for a bat after watching Josh Hamilton sign with the division-rival Angels.
Ethier, who turns 31 in April, hit .284/.351/.460 with 20 home runs and 89 RBI last season, though his splits against lefthanders (.222/.276/.330) left much to be desired.
It will be interesting to see who will take on Ethier, given his contract. I still think he can be a Paul O’Neill type player on a championship team. But, there are a lot of years and money on his contract. And, you know that Nick Swisher would LOVE to play in Los Angeles for the Dodgers. His wife is in Hollywood. And, it beats playing in Cleveland.