Heading into the offseason, the expectation was the Los Angeles Dodgers would work on cutting away at their surplus of outfielders. Along with the players on the Major League roster, Joc Pederson’s permanent arrival is now imminent after years of dominating Minor League pitching.
According to a report, the Dodgers were on the verge of trading Ethier to Arizona Diamondbacks before Arizona’s brass nixed the deal; Diamondbacks general manager Dave Stewart later refuted the accuracy of the report.
The Dodgers reportedly then engaged in trade talks with the Baltimore Orioles, though nothing came to fruition. Ethier arrived at Camelback Ranch on Monday, two days prior than the report date for pitchers and catchers, wasn’t exactly in a talkative mood.
As expected, Ethier met with president of baseball operations Andrew Friedman, general manager Farhan Zaidi and manager Don Mattingly to get a sense of where everyone stood with full-squad workouts around the corner. Ethier came out of the meeting with the belief he’d be in contention to earn a starting job in the outfield, but not keen on playing center field at his age.
Where or if Ethier figures into the still-crowded outfielder picture remains to be seen, though it isn’t something Mattingly was ready to discuss.
Here’s a roundup of the biggest headlines that came out of Camelback Ranch on Tuesday:
Dodgers Spring Training Photos: Bullpen sessions and batting practice
Brandon McCarthy compares the Dodgers and Yankees Organizations
Brett Anderson hopes offseason workouts will help keep him healthy
Julio Urias sets a goal of reaching the Majors in 2015
Dustin McGowan believes he’s solely a relief pitcher
David Aardsma credits medical changes to revitalizing his career
Ethier doesn’t believe he’s suited to play center field on a regular basis
Mattingly isn’t prepared to discuss the Dodgers’ outfield
Ethier meets with Dodgers management in effort to clear the air
Zack Greinke throws his first bullpen session of Spring Training
Joba Chamberlain is no longer a free agent option for the Dodgers
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