The Baltimore Orioles have appeared to be asleep at the wheel this offseason, but to be fair, they appeared that way last offseason as well, before swooping in late to grab Nelson Cruz on a one-year deal. That being said, the remaining free agents aren’t spectacular. The O’s are in on outfielder Colby Rasmus, and have also been linked to Nori Aoki.
The Los Angeles Dodgers have been the opposite of the Orioles this offseason. With their new front office staff, they have been very active. Even after dealing star Matt Kemp for a perceived smaller haul with a focus on money sent over in deal, L.A. could still be looking to move another of their outfielders.
According to Roch Kubatko of MASNsports.com, the Orioles have had discussions with the Dodgers about trading for Andre Ethier. Ethier, who turns 33 by the start the 2015 season, has quite a contract. With three more years at $53.5 million and a $17.5 vesting option for 2018, the Orioles would be committing to an aging, and most likely, declining outfielder for multiple years.
Ethier is coming off an awful year in 2014, one where he didn’t homer after June 29th. While he only played in 130 games, it seems as though the Dodgers could survive without him in the outfield, opting with younger options.
While the two teams have talked, the more likely scenario for the O’s would be to sign one of the remaining free agent outfielders on a one or two-year deal. That being said, the Dodgers have found ways to make moves that seemed unlikely at the time, so nothing is out of the realm of possibility.
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