Could the Angels and Dodgers swap C.J. Wilson, Andre Ethier?

The Los Angeles Angels‘ offense is struggling and could use a left-handed bat. The Los Angeles Dodgers have a decent amount of quality left-handed hitters, but they could also use a starting pitcher to go behind Clayton Kershaw and Zack Greinke. Could the two teams make a deal?

Scott Miller of Bleacher Report reports that “there is some talk right now” that the Angels could flip left-handed starting pitcher C.J. Wilson to the Dodgers in exchange for outfielder Andre Ethier.

Miller didn’t say that talks are ongoing, but mentioned that “a lot of people in the industry” believe that this potential deal makes sense for both parties involved and that we should “keep an eye on” this.

Wilson, 34, signed a five-year, $77.5 million contract with the Angels after the 2011 season. In four seasons with the team, he has gone 46-32 with a 3.88 ERA and 285/59 strikeout-to-walk ratio.

With the Dodgers, Wilson would likely end up with the No. 4 spot in the rotation behind Brett Anderson. If the Dodgers do in fact trade Ethier, they would have either Alex Guerrero or Enrique Hernandez available to take his place with Carl Crawford injured.

Ethier, 33, is signed through the 2017 to a six-year, $95.95 million deal that includes a vesting option for the 2018 season. He has seen his name mentioned often in trade rumors, but has yet to be dealt since he has one of the most untradeable contracts in the game.

Ethier is capable of playing all outfield positions, but primarily plays right and center field. No one in the game would unseat Mike Trout in center field, which puts his likely position with the Angels in right field.

This potential deal does make sense for both parties involved, but it’s hard to see it getting done. It is something to keep an eye on as we get closer to the trade deadline.

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