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Report: Dodgers nearly traded Andre Ethier to Arizona Diamondbacks

Report: Dodgers nearly traded Andre Ethier to Arizona Diamondbacks
Outfielder Andre Ethier, watching a home run against Cincinnati last season, is still a question mark for the Dodgers. (Lawrence K. Ho / Los Angeles Times)

If not for the objections of the

Arizona Diamondbacks

owner Ken Kendrick, the Dodgers would have traded

Andre Ethier

for catcher

Miguel Montero

,

.

The Dodgers would have sent Ethier, backup catcher

Tim Federowicz

and cash to the Diamondbacks in exchange for Montero and lower-level prospects, FoxSports.com reported. However, the deal failed to receive the blessing of Kendrick, who might best known in these parts for an incident in which

.

The division rivals would have essentially been trading undesirable contracts.

Ethier, who was relegated to a bench role this year, is owed $56 million over the next three years. Montero is guaranteed $40 million over the same period.

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For Ethier, the move would have marked a homecoming. He grew up in the Phoenix area and played at Arizona State.

Ethier

he informed the Dodgers he wants to play every day – whether it’s with them or someone else.

Montero would have presumably become the Dodgers primary catcher. His OPS+ has decreased dramatically in recent seasons, from 121 in 2011 and 123 in 2012 to 83 in 2013 and 95 this year.

Montero was a central figure in the

between the Dodgers and Diamondbacks in 2013.

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