The Dodgers were on the verge of parting ways with outfielder Andre Ethier last winter before the deal they were working on fell through.
Eight months later, it's beginning to look like the trade the Dodgers didn't make could turn out to be one of their best moves of the season. Because after starting the year as a bench player Ethier has emerged as an important middle-of-the-order bat in the National League's most powerful lineup.
"It's just playing every day. The opportunity to do it," said Ethier, who went 0 for 2 with a walk in Friday's 5-4, 10-inning loss to the Pittsburgh Pirates.
Ethier, 33, made a career-high 685 plate appearances in...