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08:03 AM ET 12.19 | The Dodgers may not be done yet. 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. ... According to a source, the Red Sox have been interested in Ethier.

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December 19, 2012  08:24 AM ET

It's been no secret that the Red Sox have been interested in Ethier for some time now. I have doubts though that he'll be made available in a trade.

December 19, 2012  08:34 AM ET

I would be interested in Ethier, too, but, I will assume the cost to get him is prohibitive. But I hope that Cashman at least makes an inquiry.

December 19, 2012  08:47 AM ET

This is exactly the kind of contract that Boston is trying to avoid. I really don???t see this happening.

Unless they want to take John Lackey in return.

December 19, 2012  09:27 AM ET

Why would you give Ethier to get Bourne or Swisher? I hope they do it, but it makes no sense.

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December 19, 2012  09:34 AM ET

Not a fan of Bourne - average to me....

December 19, 2012  09:58 AM ET
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Why would you give Ethier to get Bourne or Swisher? I hope they do it, but it makes no sense.

" five-year, $85 million contract"....Money is the only reason I can think of, both Swisher and Bourn are a step down.

December 19, 2012  10:15 AM ET
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" five-year, $85 million contract"....Money is the only reason I can think of, both Swisher and Bourn are a step down.

The only reason this would make sense is if they got some top prospects for Ethier. I heard an interview with the Dodgers GM the other day, and he said McCourt let the Dodger's farm system go to hell. It's going to take a few years to make it productive again. Some quality prospects would jump start that.

December 19, 2012  10:19 AM ET
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The only reason this would make sense is if they got some top prospects for Ethier. I heard an interview with the Dodgers GM the other day, and he said McCourt let the Dodger's farm system go to hell. It's going to take a few years to make it productive again. Some quality prospects would jump start that.

Guess just filching money wasn't McCourts only talent....

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December 19, 2012  10:24 AM ET
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A leadoff guy with a .340 OBP is not mindblowing.

Exactly....

December 19, 2012  10:25 AM ET
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Schott did the same thing to the Reds, didn't understand that scouting and developing players was important and gutted the department. She needed the extra bucks to pay for her smokes and lawsuits related to racial discimination.

The that "little dog too"......

December 19, 2012  10:49 AM ET

Dodgers like Bourne as their leadoff hitter. Ethier would be great in Fenway. If the Dodger's eat a significant portion of his contract, I say the Red Sox should Pounce. Then our outfield would be Vic, Ethier, Jacoby....

December 19, 2012  11:06 AM ET
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A leadoff guy with a .340 OBP is not mindblowing.

His D is much better than his O. I'm not overly impressed overall either.

December 19, 2012  11:07 AM ET
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Dodgers like Bourne as their leadoff hitter. Ethier would be great in Fenway. If the Dodger's eat a significant portion of his contract, I say the Red Sox should Pounce. Then our outfield would be Vic, Ethier, Jacoby....

Ellsbury for Either could work for both teams. The Dodgers would get the CF they want which would allow them to move Kemp to RF. They could use the money they were paying Either to resign Ellsbury.

Boston could move Victorino to CF until Jackie Bradley is ready to be brought up in 2014 to take over the position.

December 19, 2012  11:16 AM ET
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It's been no secret that the Red Sox have been interested in Ethier for some time now. I have doubts though that he'll be made available in a trade.

the dodgers would like to trade ethier and his contract all at once, should redx take ethier's contract in full??after all boston wants to add a versatility in their lineup with ethier aboard!!!

December 19, 2012  11:18 AM ET
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Dodgers like Bourne as their leadoff hitter. Ethier would be great in Fenway. If the Dodger's eat a significant portion of his contract, I say the Red Sox should Pounce. Then our outfield would be Vic, Ethier, Jacoby....

well now that you mentioned,,the dodgers won't mind to paying in full his contract!!!

December 19, 2012  11:42 AM ET
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the dodgers would like to trade ethier and his contract all at once, should redx take ethier's contract in full??after all boston wants to add a versatility in their lineup with ethier aboard!!!

The Red Sox could also use another left-handed bat in their lineup.

 
December 19, 2012  11:49 AM ET

Swisher would be perfect for LA LA Land. Not because he would help them, but because that's where he spends his time when he's at the plate, or fielding a fly ball in the postseason.

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