Orioles have talked to Dodgers about Ethier
The Orioles have reportedly “engaged in trade talks” with the Dodgers regarding outfielder Andre Ethier, according to Roch Kubatko of MASNSports.com.
The O’s have spent much of this offseason trying to fill the outfield void left by the departures of Nick Markakis and Nelson Cruz, but they are yet to land one of their targets. Along with reaching out to the Dodgers about Ethier, Kubatko adds that the club also remains interested in free agents Colby Rasmus and Nori Aoki.
The same report mentions that manager Buck Showalter actually met in-person with Rasmus this past weekend in order to get a sense of whether or not the 28-year-old would be a good fit in Baltimore. Formerly one of the game’s top prospects, Rasmus has struggled to reach his potential over parts of six Major League seasons. After hitting .276 with a career-best .501 slugging percentage in 2013, Rasmus hit just .225 with a career-low 40 RBIs this past season with the Blue Jays.
Aoki, meanwhile, turned 33 years old today and is coming off a subpar defensive season with the Royals. As for Ethier, the former All-Star is set to also turn 33 years old in April and has $53.5 million remaining on his contract over the next three years. The Dodgers would likely pay off some of that remaining money, though the amount would ultimately depend on what the O’s send to Los Angeles in return in any potential deal.
The most likely scenario remains that Baltimore signs either Rasmus or Aoki, but the club’s talks with the Dodgers are certainly worth monitoring in the coming days.
— Paul Casella