ANDRE ETHIER, 30, outfielder
Final 2013 stats: .272 batting average, 12 home runs, 52 RBI, 33 doubles, .360 on-base and .423 slugging percentages, two errors in 257 chances.
Contract status: Will be in the second year of his $85-million, five-year contract.
The good: Had 30 or more doubles for his seventh consecutive year, a first for a Dodger. He was tied for third on the team in RBI and fourth in homers. Hit .311 on the road and .294 vs. right-handers. Led the club with 61 walks. Made himself more valuable by playing all three outfield positions, moving from right to center when
The bad: His home run and RBI numbers were down for him. Was hitting just .229 on June 8 before turning his season around offensively (.320 over his next 74 games). Hit .229 at home and .221 against left-handers. Season went downhill after injuring ankle in Colorado on Sept. 4. Was 4-for-28 in his last nine games, missed most of the division series against Atlanta and went 3-for-20 in league championship series vs. St. Louis. Also suffered a calf injury in early August.
What's next: Health would be nice. He's locked up for the next four years, so the Dodgers hope his power dip was not a sign of things to come. Still, if they all the outfielders come back healthy, he'll be one of four starters fighting for playing time.
The take: Interesting season for
He and Kemp are no longer this naked two-man gang in the Dodgers lineup, but the Dodgers will want a more productive overall offensive season from him next year. He's only had one 30-homer/100-RBI season and that was back in 2009. Still, he's now proven he can play center, so he figures to get plenty of playing time in their four-outfielder jumble, particularly against right-handers.