Jon Heyman, a CBS baseball insider, tweeted:
There's also the issue of money. Rick Randall of FOX Sports tweeted:
still no real evidence andre ethier is being shopped, or even available. but #mariners are 1 team that could have interest.— Jon Heyman (@JonHeymanCBS) December 28, 2012
It would be an interesting move for Seattle, and he did play better last year than the year before, which is both a good case to trade or keep him.
Andre Ethier has some LHP split issues, but he's also owed $82.5m over next 5 and K rate has done this: 13.4, 14.8, 16.9, 17.4, 18.7, 20.1.— Rick Randall (@randallball) January 1, 2013
The Dodgers are looking to win now, and they aren't afraid to spend the money to do it. If they want Ethier gone, they don't have to work hard to find a place where his salary will fit in; they'd just as soon buy him out. The front office still hasn't said anything about him finding a new home though. No doubt these rumors will continue to trickle in even well into the season.