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, 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.


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


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.