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Report: Ethier unhappy with ownership mess

Posted on: July 8, 2011 8:21 pm
Edited on: July 8, 2011 10:40 pm
By Matt Snyder

Amid the financial mess the McCourt divorce proceedings have brought to the Dodgers, the team is struggling mightily on the field. At least one player, Andre Ethier, is fed up with it, reports Jon Heyman of (via CBS Los Angeles), using sources "close" with Ethier.
"Andre's a really great guy, but he can be a little moody,'' one person close to Ethier said. "Of all the guys this is going to affect, it's Andre. All the b.s. around the club will affect him more than other players. He's a prideful guy. He's lost respect for the organization.

"He loves L.A.,'' the person continued. "But he wants to play for a winner. And he wants to be associated with a team with positive things surrounding it. Matt Kemp's a guy who won't let it bother him, who'll just say I'll play my game. Andre isn't like that."
One of the teams Ethier might have his eye on is reportedly the Red Sox.
"He's got his best buddy Dustin Pedroia telling him how great Boston is,'' one of those people said. "In Andre's mind, [the Dodgers situation] is embarrassing. And Boston has a different [vibe] right now."
That's all well and good, but there are several mitigating factors here.

First of all, Ethier isn't a free agent until after the 2012 season. That means all of this is just speculation, albeit legitimate speculation. Sure, Ethier is probably unhappy and might want to get to a situation that's more promising. After all, he was going through bankruptcy papers this week (via LA Times). It's just that he doesn't have that power until after next season. In the meantime, lots of things could change.

For example, what if a Mark Cuban-type owner swoops in and buys the Dodgers and then gives Ethier a huge extension and starts signing other big-name free agents? Then the Dogers start winning and Ethier doesn't want to leave. Remember, even in the quotes above that Heyman collected, the person made sure to say Ethier loves L.A.

Also, Ethier isn't unhappy enough to have taken things to a reporter. This is all from friends of his who are unnamed.

Simply put, if the current situation drags on through next year, the Dodgers have to shed payroll and the McCourts get to keep the team, expect Ethier to walk at the end of 2012 -- if he's not traded before then. If everything clears up and starts looking better, Ethier might very well stick around for a long-term deal.

And at least Ethier got good news Friday. He was named to the NL All-Star team.

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Posted on: December 8, 2011 2:52 am

Report: Ethier unhappy with ownership mess

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Since: Oct 3, 2006
Posted on: July 9, 2011 5:18 pm

Report: Ethier unhappy with ownership mess

And I'm unhappy with Eithier's girly haircut and waxed eyebrows, yet you don't see me complaining. Oh wait, yes you do.

Since: Sep 18, 2006
Posted on: July 9, 2011 4:42 pm

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For those that say he just has to play baseball and let the owners/league work things out is being a bit naive.  What if you worked for Fannie Mae or Freddie Mac during the homeowners loan crisis, you would be embarrassed and probably want to take your talent to another comapny as well.  That is really all that Ethier is saying, he is bothered by how the Dodgers are being talked about in the media and the community and had the guts (sort of) to voice his opinion.

This is a key time for the Dodgers, if this drags on then I think a lot of the talent bolts town and the Dodgers could be set back about 5 years.

Since: Oct 12, 2006
Posted on: July 9, 2011 4:11 pm

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Ethier was a big part of the teams that won the NL West and make it to the NLCS. He had his shot to beat the Phillies. that was his opportunity to play for a winner, he failed to beat the Phillies. Ownership made sure he was paid well and still is. Sounds to me like Ethier was one of several Dodgers that didn't live up to the final outs of those seasons ?

Since: Jan 17, 2008
Posted on: July 9, 2011 2:43 pm

Report: Ethier unhappy with ownership mess

The only thing He has to do is play Baseball and let the Owners working with the situation.

Since: Apr 28, 2007
Posted on: July 9, 2011 1:07 pm

Report: Ethier unhappy with ownership mess

I bet he is still cashing the checks!! Payroll hasn't stopped has it??

Since: Jul 8, 2011
Posted on: July 9, 2011 12:51 pm

Report: Ethier unhappy with ownership mess

who does like this whole divorce thing its messy but once the McCourts are gone so wil all the mess and if either wants to sell put to the sox let em just dont get rid of kemp then well have problems... it only a matter of time either till the dodger are back on top

Since: Apr 19, 2009
Posted on: July 9, 2011 1:02 am

Report: Ethier unhappy with ownership mess

I can see the Dodgers trading Ethier. He's a good player but not great player. He's not Matt Kemp and he strugles against left-handers. The Dodgers at some point are going to start cutting payroll either because of the bankruptcy or to get the team ready to be sold. This team needs a lot of help and trading Ethier might just get them a few good players.
If I owned the Dodgers there's not a player that's untouchable but maybe Kemp and Kershaw and if I got the right deal it would be made.

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