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May 25, 2014

Red Sox Rumors: Andre Ethier a possible trade option for Boston


By on 9:23 AM

The Boston Red Sox are currently experiencing a World Series hangover. They have lost nine games in a row and are 20-28 and seven games back in the disappointing American League East. They just recently picked up Stephen Drew, but that may not be their last significant pickup this season.

There has been talk that the Red Sox want to acquire an outfielder, such as Los Angeles Dodgers' Andre Ethier, according to Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe.



The Red Sox are about $23 million under the $189 million luxury tax threshold after the signing of Drew, so they should have no issue taking on Ethier's contract. He is due to make roughly $10.7 million the rest of the season and if a trade were to happen today, which it likely won't, it would leave the Red Sox about $12.3 million under the luxury tax threshold.

Ethier, 32, has three more guaranteed years left on his contract after this season that will pay him $53.5 million. He has a $17.5 million vesting option for 2018 that includes a $2.5 million buyout.

Ethier would give the Red Sox versatility in their outfield. He can play all three outfield positions and play them well. With both Grady Sizemore and Jackie Bradley Jr. struggling, the Red Sox definitely have a need for a guy like Ethier. Nothing is close yet, but this is something to keep an eye on.

With the Dodgers so far this season, he is hitting .279 with two home runs and 21 RBI.

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