Interested teams have started to contact the Dodgers about what it would take to acquire OF Andre Ethier in trade, Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe reported last week.
ESPN's Buster Olney and FOXSports.com's Ken Rosenthal have both suggested Ethier would make sense for the Mets. However, Rubin adds, "No one said the scout was looking at the Mets to identify return pieces in an Ethier trade."
In recent days, I've heard from people in baseball who say the Dodgers are almost certainly among a handful of teams that have shown early interest in Bobby Parnell. However, it's my understanding the Mets will only consider trading Parnell if it's in a deal to get a significant, impact hitter. They're not interested in trading him for another team's group of developing prospects.
In regards to Ethier, the Mets are going to have to ask about him, no doubt. This doesn't mean they will or even should acquire him. I'm still not sold on if he even makes total sense. But, they have to ask. It's only makes sense, given their situation.
In June, CBSSports.com’s Jon Heyman said rival executives think the Dodgers will need to pay at least half of Ethier’s contract, or take back an equally bad contract, if they want to find a trade for their outfielder.
Ethier is in the second year of a five-year, $85 million extension, which includes a $17.5 million vesting option for 2018 (with a $2.5 million buyout).
In late May, ESPN.com’s Buster Olney listed the Mets among seven teams that would be a potential suitor for Ethier, in the event the Dodgers look to move him this summer.