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.
In a perfect world, I think Sandy Alderson would like to trade for a power bat this summer, than sign a lead-off hitting outfielder to a short-team deal in the off season. I just don't see how he gets that bat now, though.
So, a guy like Ethier could be a solid gamble for the Mets, assuming Los Angeles will pick part of the tab. Ethier at, say, $10 million a year or so for the next three years guaranteed, might be a nice compliment to Lucas Duda in left field, but that's assuming the team can find more meaningful offense in the winter with free agent dollars.