Andre Ethier stirred it up in spring training when he said this season could be his last with the Dodgers. Ethier, who is in the final season of a two-year $15.25 million deal, recognized that the Dodgers could trade or non-tender him after the year. SI MLB reporter Jon Heyman added to that story writing that several sources close to Ethier say the outfielder is growing tired of the atmosphere in Los Angeles.
From Heyman’s article:
“Andre’s a really great guy, but he can be a little moody,” one other person close to Ethier said. “Of all the guys this is going to affect, it’s Andre. All the b.s. around the club will affect him more than other players. He’s a prideful guy. He’s lost respect for the organization.
“He loves L.A.,” the person continued. “But he wants to play for a winner.”
Heyman adds that morale generally is at an alltime low among the team’s employees, so it’s no surprise anyone associated with the franchise would feel that way. Plus, if you don’t believe Ethier is moody, I’ll refer you to these pictures.
The other point from Heyman’s article is that Ethier would be interested in joining the Red Sox to play with college teammate Dustin Pedroia.
Even though I think Ethier needs to get out of Los Angeles, I don’t think Boston would be a good fit for him. Talent aside, Ethier can be a head case and that would not be a good mix for the rabid Boston media. Regardless, this is just another reason why Frank McCourt needs to be stripped of the Dodgers.Google+