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Ethier 'entertained' by trade rumors

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08:04 AM ET 01.29 | One speculated scenario holds that the big-money Dodgers could sign free agent outfielder Michael Bourn to play center and bat leadoff, which would lead to Matt Kemp moving to right and Andre Ethier becoming expendable. Say this about the off-season rumors that had the Dodgers shopping [Ethier] -- they were persistent. Ethier called them more "entertaining" than unsettling. He said his mind was set at ease early on when both Dodgers CEO Stan Kasten and GM Ned Colletti publicly shot down the rumors. Colletti and manager Don Mattingly called to assure him he was in the team's plans for 2013, Ethier said. "I think Ned and Stan came out pretty quickly not only saying they weren't looking to trade me but they didn't know where the rumors were coming from," Ethier said.

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January 29, 2013  08:37 AM ET

Frankly, I'd rather have Ethier than Bourne. Ethier is 8 months younger than Bourne and hits for more power and has a significantly higher OPS. Bourne's speed game generally does not age well. Why the hell would the Dodgers pay Boras money to Borne then deal Ethier? It doesn't make $en$e.

January 29, 2013  08:38 AM ET
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Didn't they just sign this guy to a big deal?I think they'd have a hard time trading him without eating a big chunk of that contract.

Not to mention that Bourne is a Boras client so it's not like they would be shedding salary.

January 29, 2013  08:41 AM ET

Boras' rumormongers are trying to create a market for Borne.

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January 29, 2013  08:59 AM ET
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Boras' rumormongers are trying to create a market for Borne.

They say Boras is a student of Goebbels.

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January 29, 2013  09:09 AM ET
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He also spent a lot of time with Kim Jong Il in N Korea.Boras suggested that Kim Jong Un get the great haircut he's been sporting, had a special stylist from Supercuts smuggled into the country to get it just right.

Boras would try to sell that Un is in great shape, similar to his client Prince Fielder.

January 29, 2013  09:13 AM ET

as I said on previous board - Bourn will sign a shorter than yhe wants deal with an opt out after one year and we will get to go through this again next year

January 29, 2013  09:14 AM ET
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He also spent a lot of time with Kim Jong Il in N Korea.Boras suggested that Kim Jong Un get the great haircut he's been sporting, had a special stylist from Supercuts smuggled into the country to get it just right.

I think you mean - kidnapped....

January 29, 2013  09:20 AM ET
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They say Boras is a student of Goebbels.

Don't know about that but he is a very intelligent gent who is very astute at using propaganda to his client's, and therefore his, advantage.

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January 29, 2013  10:29 AM ET
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Don't know about that but he is a very intelligent gent who is very astute at using propaganda to his client's, and therefore his, advantage.

My friend, you have to take a joke for what it is.

January 29, 2013  10:32 AM ET
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Didn't they just sign this guy to a big deal?I think they'd have a hard time trading him without eating a big chunk of that contract.

A more important question might be, why would the Dodgers want to trade Ethier?? He has had (7) very solid seasons, is only 30 years old and is a former Glove Glove award winner!!!

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January 29, 2013  10:55 AM ET
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as I said on previous board - Bourn will sign a shorter than yhe wants deal with an opt out after one year and we will get to go through this again next year

It's hard to believe that a team would give up its first round draft pick for one year of Michael Bourn. Although crazier things have happened...

January 29, 2013  10:55 AM ET
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A more important question might be, why would the Dodgers want to trade Ethier?? He has had (7) very solid seasons, is only 30 years old and is a former Glove Glove award winner!!!

Bang.

January 29, 2013  12:23 PM ET

Ethier hits .290/.350/.500 with 50 doubles and 30 dingers this year. Dodger lineup has no easy outs. Pitchers facing them will get worn down faacing the top of the dodgers line up, when they get to the six hole, Ethier is going to wear them out. This will be a break out year for him.

 
January 29, 2013  12:29 PM ET
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Ethier hits .290/.350/.500 with 50 doubles and 30 dingers this year. Dodger lineup has no easy outs. Pitchers facing them will get worn down faacing the top of the dodgers line up, when they get to the six hole, Ethier is going to wear them out. This will be a break out year for him.

Good comment and I totally agree!!! I don't understand where this article (trade rumors) is coming from??? What will/would the Dodgers ask in return for Ethier???? The Dodgers already have solid pitching and their defense is good.

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