A trade of Andre Ethier by the Dodgers – while unlikely – isn’t completely out of the question.
Sources close to the Dodgers’ thinking said the odds of an Ethier trade are “very slim” and that general manager Ned Colletti “would need to be blown away” by an offer to move his right fielder.
The Red Sox have been looking for an outfield bat, and Ethier is a close friend of Boston second baseman Dustin Pedroia, but sources say the teams haven’t had any serious discussions about an Ethier deal.
In general, though, Ethier fits the description of players who are typically discussed in July trades: His team is out of contention, and he will become a free agent after next season.
Ethier, a fan favorite in L.A., has an .815 OPS this year and made his second career All-Star appearance.
-- Jon Paul Morosi and Ken Rosenthal