ANDRE ETHIER, 32, outfielder.
Final 2014 stats: .249 batting average, four home runs, 42 RBI, 17 doubles, .322 on-base and .370 slugging percentages in 380 plate appearances.
Contract status: Three years and $56 million remaining on contract.
The good: Well, he didn’t whine about playing time. Most would say that might be hard to do considering the season he had, but
Still, given multiple opportunities, he never publicly went off about initially sharing playing time and then later being sent to the bench. Which given his past, must have come as a pleasant surprise to many.
What offensive damage he did manage came almost exclusively in the first half (.254, all four homers, 34 RBI). His RBI total was only four back of
He played all three outfield positions, and even a game at first, and was charged with only one error.
The bad: Had the worst season of his nine-year career in every single offensive category except – curiously – triples. His six triples were one shy of his career-high set his rookie season.
Still, it was a highly disappointing season for Ethier at the plate, pretty much all the way around. Though his line-drive percentage was slightly up over his career average (25% to 22%), his ratio of groundouts to fly outs doubled from a year ago (1.54% to 0.77%).
He went without a home run in his last 59 games (130 plate appearances).
What's next: Everything remains possible for Ethier. He could emerge as a starting outfielder, be traded or head back to the bench.
The take: Do the
It was expected, given their surplus of outfielders, that either Crawford or Ethier would be traded this off-season. When a trade did come, it was a confounding deal that sent Matt Kemp to the
Now the Dodgers apparently no longer feel the need to deal another outfielder, while Ethier is already on record saying he wants to start here or somewhere else. Say this for his situation, it's interesting.