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2019 Projections (Preseason PECOTA - seasonal age 37)
PA AVG HR R RBI SB DRC+ WARP
325 .242 9 34 37 1 91 0.6
Birth Date4-10-1982
Height6' 2"
Weight210 lbs
Age37 years, 6 months, 11 days
BatsL
ThrowsL
1.72015
-0.12016
-0.12017
2018
0.62019
proj
WARP Summary

MLB Statistics

YEAR TEAM AGE G PA H 2B 3B HR BB SO HBP SB CS AVG OBP SLG DRC+ DRAA BRR FRAA BWARP
2006 LAN 24 126 441 122 20 7 11 34 77 5 5 5 .308 .365 .477 104 4.4 2.4 -0.4 1.6
2007 LAN 25 153 505 127 32 2 13 46 68 4 0 4 .284 .350 .452 103 3.7 -0.2 7.2 2.1
2008 LAN 26 141 596 160 38 5 20 59 88 4 6 3 .305 .375 .510 125 20.0 1.3 -9.9 2.3
2009 LAN 27 160 685 162 42 3 31 72 116 13 6 4 .272 .361 .508 126 23.6 2.2 -7.8 3.1
2010 LAN 28 139 585 151 33 1 23 59 102 3 2 1 .292 .364 .493 125 18.0 0.1 -9.8 1.9
2011 LAN 29 135 551 142 30 0 11 58 103 3 0 1 .292 .368 .421 110 7.1 -2.2 -1.1 1.4
2012 LAN 30 149 618 158 36 1 20 50 124 9 2 2 .284 .351 .460 115 10.5 -0.6 -10.1 1.1
2013 LAN 31 142 553 131 33 2 12 61 95 7 4 3 .272 .360 .423 114 9.3 -2.0 -4.9 1.6
2014 LAN 32 130 380 85 17 6 4 31 74 6 2 2 .249 .322 .370 81 -7.5 -4.3 -4.9 -0.8
2015 LAN 33 142 445 116 20 7 14 43 75 4 2 3 .294 .366 .486 121 12.5 -2.7 -2.7 1.7
2016 LAN 34 16 26 5 1 0 1 2 6 0 0 0 .208 .269 .375 86 -0.4 -0.1 -0.7 -0.1
2017 LAN 35 22 38 8 1 0 2 4 10 0 0 0 .235 .316 .441 88 -0.5 0.0 -1.2 -0.1
Career14555423136730334162519938582928.285.359.463114100.7-5.9-46.215.9

Statistics for All Levels

'opp' stats - Quality of opponents faced - have been moved and are available only as OPP_QUAL in the Statistics reports now.
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YEAR Team Lg LG G PA oppAVG oppOBP oppSLG BABIP BPF BRAA repLVL POS_ADJ DRC+ DRC+ SD FRAA BRR DRAA BWARP
2003 KNC A MDW 40 183 .000 .000 .000 .321 0.0 0 0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2003 VAN A- NWN 10 45 .000 .000 .000 .405 0.0 0 0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2004 MOD A+ CLF 99 471 .000 .000 .000 .355 0.0 0 0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2005 MID AA TXS 131 572 .268 .330 .409 .363 102 10 5.6 -1.5 141 0 16.4 3.4 28.8 5.3
2005 SAC AAA PCL 4 17 .271 .341 .425 .333 75 0.5 0.5 -0.1 87 0 -0.2 -0.1 -0.2 0.0
2006 LAN MLB NL 126 441 .266 .331 .426 .354 95 13.9 13.3 -3 104 11 -0.4 2.4 4.4 1.6
2006 LVG AAA PCL 25 103 .266 .339 .409 .420 108 6.6 2.6 -0.8 136 0 1.3 -0.1 4.3 0.7
2007 LAN MLB NL 153 505 .264 .329 .415 .305 99 6.5 15.0 -4.9 103 11 7.2 -0.2 3.7 2.1
2008 LAN MLB NL 141 596 .264 .331 .419 .330 94 34.9 17.2 -5.7 125 10 -9.9 1.3 20.0 2.3
2009 LAN MLB NL 160 685 .259 .328 .412 .289 90 35.2 19.7 -7.2 126 9 -7.8 2.2 23.6 3.1
2010 LAN MLB NL 139 585 .256 .322 .399 .322 87 37.7 16.1 -5.9 125 8 -9.8 0.1 18.0 1.9
2010 ABQ AAA PCL 2 9 .259 .364 .415 .600 92 3.1 0.3 -0.1 146 0 -0.2 -0.1 0.5 0.0
2011 LAN MLB NL 135 551 .250 .314 .389 .348 93 19.4 14.9 -5.5 110 8 -1.1 -2.2 7.1 1.4
2012 LAN MLB NL 149 618 .256 .318 .407 .333 94 28 16.9 -6.3 115 10 -10.1 -0.6 10.5 1.1
2012 RCU A+ CAL 2 5 .237 .283 .356 .000 101 -1.2 0.1 -0.1 68 0 -0.2 0.0 -0.2 0.0
2013 LAN MLB NL 142 553 .252 .313 .394 .315 98 13.8 14.5 -1.7 114 8 -4.9 -2.0 9.3 1.6
2014 LAN MLB NL 130 380 .252 .314 .390 .307 99 0 9.8 -0.3 81 7 -4.9 -4.3 -7.5 -0.8
2015 LAN MLB NL 142 445 .258 .320 .414 .330 91 25.8 12.0 -3.7 121 13 -2.7 -2.7 12.5 1.7
2016 LAN MLB NL 16 26 .263 .332 .437 .235 95 -0.6 0.7 -0.1 86 14 -0.7 -0.1 -0.4 -0.1
2016 RCU A+ CAL 9 35 .293 .352 .444 .346 104 1.3 1.0 -0.5 82 0 -0.3 0.3 -1.4 -0.1
2017 LAN MLB NL 22 38 .251 .313 .438 .273 93 0.3 1.1 -0.2 88 17 -1.2 0.0 -0.5 -0.1
2017 RCU A+ CAL 3 9 .285 .351 .437 .500 103 -0.4 0.2 -0.1 77 0 -0.2 0.0 -0.2 0.0
2017 TUL AA TEX 5 19 .265 .325 .399 .214 99 -0.5 0.5 -0.2 63 0 -0.4 0.2 -0.6 -0.1
2017 OKL AAA PCL 2 8 .276 .336 .432 .333 105 0.1 0.2 -0.1 96 0 -0.2 -0.1 0.0 0.0

Statistics For All Levels

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Year Team lvl LG PA AB R H 2B 3B HR TB RBI BB SO SB CS AVG OBP SLG ISO SF SH
2003 KNC A MDW 183 162 23 44 10 0 0 54 11 19 25 2 2 .272 .355 .333 .062 0 0
2003 VAN A- NWN 45 41 7 16 4 1 1 25 7 3 3 2 1 .390 .444 .610 .220 0 0
2004 MOD A+ CLF 471 419 72 131 23 5 7 185 53 45 64 2 5 .313 .384 .442 .129 1 1
2005 MID AA TXS 572 505 104 161 30 3 18 251 80 48 93 1 4 .319 .390 .497 .178 0 0
2005 SAC AAA PCL 17 15 0 4 1 0 0 5 2 2 3 0 0 .267 .353 .333 .067 0 0
2006 LAN MLB NL 441 396 50 122 20 7 11 189 55 34 77 5 5 .308 .365 .477 .169 6 0
2006 LVG AAA PCL 103 86 15 30 4 3 1 43 12 14 16 2 1 .349 .451 .500 .151 0 0
2007 LAN MLB NL 505 447 50 127 32 2 13 202 64 46 68 0 4 .284 .350 .452 .168 8 0
2008 LAN MLB NL 596 525 90 160 38 5 20 268 77 59 88 6 3 .305 .375 .510 .206 7 1
2009 LAN MLB NL 685 596 92 162 42 3 31 303 106 72 116 6 4 .272 .361 .508 .237 4 0
2010 ABQ AAA PCL 9 5 4 3 0 0 0 3 2 2 0 0 0 .600 .750 .600 .000 0 0
2010 LAN MLB NL 585 517 71 151 33 1 23 255 82 59 102 2 1 .292 .364 .493 .201 6 0
2011 LAN MLB NL 551 487 67 142 30 0 11 205 62 58 103 0 1 .292 .368 .421 .129 3 0
2012 RCU A+ CAL 5 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 1 0 0 .000 .200 .000 .000 0 0
2012 LAN MLB NL 618 556 79 158 36 1 20 256 89 50 124 2 2 .284 .351 .460 .176 3 0
2013 LAN MLB NL 553 482 54 131 33 2 12 204 52 61 95 4 3 .272 .360 .423 .151 3 0
2014 LAN MLB NL 380 341 29 85 17 6 4 126 42 31 74 2 2 .249 .322 .370 .120 1
2015 LAN MLB NL 445 395 54 116 20 7 14 192 53 43 75 2 3 .294 .366 .486 .192 3 0
2016 RCU A+ CAL 35 31 7 9 4 0 0 13 3 1 6 0 0 .290 .343 .419 .129 1 0
2016 LAN MLB NL 26 24 2 5 1 0 1 9 2 2 6 0 0 .208 .269 .375 .167 0 0
2017 TUL AA TEX 19 17 2 3 1 0 0 4 5 2 3 0 0 .176 .263 .235 .059 0 0
2017 RCU A+ CAL 9 8 0 2 0 0 0 2 1 1 4 0 0 .250 .333 .250 .000 0 0
2017 OKL AAA PCL 8 7 0 2 1 0 0 3 0 1 1 0 0 .286 .375 .429 .143 0 0
2017 LAN MLB NL 38 34 3 8 1 0 2 15 3 4 10 0 0 .235 .316 .441 .206 0 0

Plate Discipline

YEAR Pits Zone% Swing% Contact% Z-Swing% O-Swing% Z-Contact% O-Contact% SwStr% CSAA
2008 2396 0.4996 0.4349 0.8455 0.5990 0.2711 0.9107 0.7015 0.1545 0.0081
2009 2698 0.4848 0.4507 0.8158 0.6330 0.2791 0.9082 0.6186 0.1842 0.0064
2010 2150 0.4888 0.4809 0.8017 0.6670 0.3030 0.8730 0.6517 0.1983 0.0026
2011 2066 0.4884 0.4777 0.7893 0.6620 0.3018 0.8937 0.5705 0.2107 -0.0051
2012 2345 0.4896 0.4883 0.7537 0.6646 0.3191 0.8545 0.5524 0.2463 -0.0083
2013 2120 0.4830 0.4675 0.7851 0.6475 0.2993 0.8688 0.6159 0.2149 -0.0043
2014 1395 0.4867 0.4674 0.7807 0.6303 0.3128 0.8645 0.6205 0.2193 0.0083
2015 1692 0.4622 0.4811 0.8010 0.6598 0.3275 0.8895 0.6477 0.1990 -0.0049
2016 99 0.4444 0.4747 0.7872 0.6818 0.3091 0.8667 0.6471 0.2128 0.0000
2017 135 0.4889 0.4815 0.7231 0.6061 0.3623 0.8250 0.5600 0.2769 0.0000
Career170960.48600.46750.79740.64470.30010.88380.62190.20260.0004

Injury History  —  No longer being updated

Last Update: 12/31/2014 23:59 ET

Date On Date Off Transaction Days Games Side Body Part Injury Severity Surgery Date Reaggravation
2014-04-22 2014-04-23 DTD 1 1 - General Medical Illness - -
2013-10-12 2013-10-14 DTD 2 0 Left Ankle Soreness - -
2013-09-24 2013-10-03 DTD 9 6 Left Ankle Soreness - -
2013-09-14 2013-09-22 DTD 8 8 Left Ankle Sprain - -
2013-08-13 2013-08-14 DTD 1 1 - Lower Leg Tightness Calf - -
2013-06-21 2013-06-21 DTD 0 0 Left Knee Soreness - -
2013-03-27 2013-03-28 Camp 1 0 Left Thigh Strain Hamstring - -
2013-03-01 2013-03-02 Camp 1 0 - Hand Blister - -
2012-08-23 2012-08-24 DTD 1 0 - Hand Blister Palm - -
2012-06-28 2012-07-13 15-DL 15 11 Left Abdomen Strain Oblique - -
2012-03-10 2012-03-12 Camp 2 0 - Mid Back Stiffness - -
2012-02-28 2012-03-02 Camp 3 0 - Mid Back Stiffness Moving Boxes Before Camp - -
2011-09-07 2011-09-29 DTD 22 20 Right Knee Surgery Patellar Cartilage and Loose Bodies 2011-09-14 -
2011-08-19 2011-08-20 DTD 1 1 - Infection Big Toe - -
2011-07-05 2011-07-06 DTD 1 1 - General Medical Illness - -
2011-05-23 2011-05-23 DTD 0 0 Left Sprain Big Toe - -
2011-05-04 2011-05-06 DTD 2 1 Left Elbow Inflammation for Several Weeks -
2010-07-27 2010-07-27 DTD 0 0 General Medical Gastrointestinal GI -
2010-05-15 2010-05-31 15-DL 16 15 Right Fingers Fracture Tip of Pinkie Finger -
2010-04-25 2010-04-25 DTD 0 0 Left Ankle Soreness -
2010-04-08 2010-04-10 DTD 2 2 Left Ankle Sprain -
2009-05-25 2009-05-26 DTD 1 1 Right Tear Toenail -
2009-02-25 2009-03-03 Camp 6 0 Foot Contusion While Shagging Flyballs -

Compensation

Year Team Salary
2017 LAN $17,500,000
2016 LAN $18,000,000
2015 LAN $18,000,000
2014 LAN $15,500,000
2013 LAN $13,500,000
2012 LAN $10,950,000
2011 LAN $9,500,000
2010 LAN $6,000,000
2009 LAN $3,100,000
2008 LAN $424,500
2007 LAN $387,500
YearsDescriptionSalary
11 yrPrevious$112,862,000
11 yrTotal$112,862,000

 

Service TimeAgentContract Status
11 y 153 dCAA (Nez Balelo)5 years/$85M (2013-17), 2018 option

Details
  • 5 years/$85M (2013-17), plus 2018 club option. Signed extension with LA Dodgers 6/12/12. 13:$13.5M, 14:$15.5M, 15:$18M, 16:$16M, 17:$18M, 18:$17.5M club option ($2.5M buyout). 2018 salary guaranteed with 550 plate appearances in 2017 or 1,100 PAs in 2017-18. Perks: use of stadium luxury box for 8 games each season. LA Dodgers declined 2018 option 11/17. Retired 7/25/18.
  • 1 year/$10.95M (2012). Re-signed by LA Dodgers 1/17/12 (avoided arbitration). Performance bonuses: $25,000 each for 600, 625 plate appearances.
  • 2 years/$15.25M (2010-11). Signed extension with LA Dodgers 1/19/10 (avoided arbitration). 10:$6M, 11:$9.25M. 2011 salary may increase based on 2010 PAs. Performance bonuses.
  • 1 year/$3.1M (2009). Re-signed by LA Dodgers 2/17/09 (avoided arbitration, $3.75M-$2.65M). Performance bonus: $25,000 each for 596, 625 PAs. $50,000 for 650 PAs.
  • 1 year/$0.4245M (2008). Re-signed by LA Dodgers 2/27/08.
  • 1 year/$0.3875M (2007). Re-signed by LA Dodgers 3/07.
  • 1 year (2006). Contract purchased by Oakland 11/05. Acquired by LA Dodgers in trade from Oakland 12/05. Signed by LA Dodgers 2/06.
  • Drafted by Oakland 2003 (2-62) (Arizona State). $0.58M signing bonus.

2019 Preseason Forecast

Last Update: 1/27/2017 12:35 ET

PCT PA R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB CS AVG OBP SLG DRC+ VORP FRAA WARP
90o 385 47 98 20 2 12 48 38 82 2 1 .287 .364 .463 115 31.0 3.3
80o 365 43 89 18 2 11 43 34 79 2 1 .274 .348 .443 107 24.5 2.6
70o 350 40 81 16 1 10 40 32 77 2 1 .260 .332 .413 101 20.1 2.1
60o 337 37 75 15 1 9 38 29 76 1 1 .248 .318 .394 96 16.6 1.8
50o 325 35 71 14 1 9 36 28 74 1 1 .243 .314 .390 91 13.5 1.4
40o 313 33 66 13 1 8 33 26 72 1 1 .234 .304 .372 86 10.6 1.1
30o 300 31 62 12 1 8 31 24 70 1 1 .228 .296 .368 81 7.7 0.8
20o 285 28 56 11 1 7 29 22 68 1 1 .216 .281 .347 75 4.5 0.5
10o 265 24 49 10 1 6 25 19 65 1 1 .202 .265 .326 67 0.7 0.1
Weighted Mean3293673151936287511.247.316.3959314.51.5

Preseason Long-Term Forecast (Beyond the 2019 Projections)

Playing time estimates are based on performance, not Depth Charts.
Year Age PA R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB AVG OBP SLG DRC+ WARP VORP BRR POS_ADJ REP_ADJ RAA FRAA
20203815718347041714370.241.316.379880.21.9-0.4-0.34.0-1.5-0.4
20213912414255031311290.235.309.376850.11.2-0.3-0.23.2-1.5-0.3
2022401041222403119240.235.307.370840.10.9-0.2-0.22.7-1.4-0.3
2023416781430276160.235.309.366840.00.5-0.2-0.21.7-0.9-0.2
2024425561020165130.225.302.352790.00.2-0.1-0.21.4-0.9-0.1
2025434951020154120.227.301.350780.00.2-0.1-0.11.3-0.9-0.1
202644465920154110.226.300.35077-0.00.1-0.1-0.21.2-0.8-0.1
202745465920154110.224.298.34576-0.00.0-0.1-0.21.2-0.9-0.1
202846465920144120.222.297.34075-0.0-0.0-0.1-0.21.2-0.9-0.1

Comparable Players (Similarity Index 79)

Rank Score Name Year DRC+ Trend
1 87 Riggs Stephenson 1935 0 DNP
2 86 Moises Alou 2004 133
3 86 Bud Stewart 1953 120
4 85 Goose Goslin 1938 85
5 85 Coco Crisp 2017 0 DNP
6 85 Monte Irvin 1956 106
7 85 Yogi Berra 1962 87
8 85 Minnie Minoso 1963 90
9 85 Earle Combs 1936 0 DNP
10 85 Ken Griffey 1987 109
11 83 B.J. Surhoff 2002 93
12 83 Bobby Veach 1925 105
13 83 Raul Ibanez 2009 126
14 83 Rube Bressler 1932 78
15 83 Dave Roberts 2009 0 DNP
16 82 David Justice 2003 0 DNP
17 82 Lou Piniella 1981 117
18 82 Tim Raines 1997 120
19 81 Mark Kotsay 2013 72
20 81 Arky Vaughan 1949 0 DNP
21 81 Brian Jordan 2004 74
22 81 Carl Furillo 1959 83
23 81 Garret Anderson 2009 87
24 80 Mike Sweeney 2011 0 DNP
25 80 Bobby Bonilla 2000 98
26 80 Edd Roush 1930 0 DNP
27 80 Jayson Werth 2016 104
28 80 Juan Beniquez 1987 86
29 79 Eddie Brown 1929 0 DNP
30 79 Heinie Manush 1939 66
31 79 Paul O'Neill 2000 91
32 79 Randy Winn 2011 0 DNP
33 79 Matt Holliday 2017 97
34 79 Jose Cruz 1985 106
35 79 Ben Oglivie 1986 95
36 78 Bing Miller 1932 97
37 78 Elmer Valo 1958 83
38 78 Scott Rolen 2012 92
39 78 Kevin Millar 2009 93
40 78 Harry Hooper 1925 86
41 78 Bernie Williams 2006 96
42 78 Robin Yount 1993 92
43 78 Gary Redus 1994 85
44 78 Mark DeRosa 2012 74
45 77 Tino Martinez 2005 111
46 77 Chris Chambliss 1986 98
47 77 Taffy Wright 1949 83
48 77 Steve Finley 2002 122
49 77 Ryan Klesko 2008 0 DNP
50 77 Charlie Maxwell 1964 86
51 77 Rocky Nelson 1962 0 DNP
52 77 Mike Lowell 2011 0 DNP
53 77 Joel Youngblood 1989 87
54 77 Tony Oliva 1976 67
55 77 Joe Judge 1931 74
56 77 Harold Baines 1996 132
57 77 Bobby Thomson 1961 0 DNP
58 77 Denny Walling 1991 59
59 77 Del Pratt 1925 0 DNP
60 77 Sam Rice 1927 91
61 77 Bobby Murcer 1983 85
62 77 Enos Slaughter 1953 117
63 77 Lyle Overbay 2014 92
64 77 Ray Boone 1961 0 DNP
65 77 Ray Durham 2009 0 DNP
66 76 Charlie Jamieson 1930 77
67 76 Gene Woodling 1960 118
68 76 Max Carey 1927 88
69 76 Richie Hebner 1985 77
70 76 Felipe Alou 1972 108
71 76 Jesus Alou 1979 89
72 76 Melvin Mora 2009 89
73 76 Sal Bando 1981 90
74 76 Chuck Klein 1942 73
75 76 Sherm Lollar 1962 95
76 76 Rico Carty 1977 117
77 76 Michael Cuddyer 2016 0 DNP
78 76 Johnny Damon 2011 108
79 76 Dusty Baker 1986 93
80 76 Will Clark 2001 0 DNP
81 76 Frank McCormick 1948 87
82 76 Joe Kuhel 1943 95
83 76 Ryan Raburn 2018 0 DNP
84 76 Wally Joyner 1999 97
85 76 Joe Randa 2007 0 DNP
86 76 Don Money 1984 0 DNP
87 76 Jay Johnstone 1983 102
88 76 Adam Kennedy 2013 0 DNP
89 76 Jerry Hairston 2013 81
90 76 Bobby Abreu 2011 103
91 76 Chase Utley 2016 89
92 76 Curtis Granderson 2018 100
93 76 Andy Pafko 1958 86
94 76 Rich Aurilia 2009 62
95 76 Greg Norton 2010 0 DNP
96 76 Ted Kluszewski 1962 0 DNP
97 75 Eric Chavez 2015 0 DNP
98 75 Dixie Walker 1948 108
99 75 Rickey Henderson 1996 122
100 75 Ken Boyer 1968 104

BP Annual Player Comments

YearComment
2018 To burn out, or to fade away: an eternal question of preference in demise. Unfortunately for Ethier's pursuit of Dodger franchise history, the issue was more or less settled outside of his hands (and more specifically in his tibial and lower-back regions). He has been an at-times sneaky generational player for the 21st-century Dodgers, a homegrown Hollywood pseudo-star bought out of late-prime free agency into careerist comfort. The injuries robbed him of likely top-ten standing in all-time games played for those donning Dodger Blue. But even a faded "Daddy" still dots the top 20 in most of the club's career counting stat leaderboards. Regardless of style, the demise is of course eventual, and a declined option in November means his career in Los Angeles has likely ended after an oh-so-close run at a ring.
2017 Ethier fractured his tibia in March and missed the majority of the season. Like a penguin returning home to find his mate had chosen another, he found himself frozen out of playing time by better options when he did make his way back to Chavez Ravine in September. Despite what can charitably be described as "mild production," Ethier was included on the postseason roster and made a last-ditch plea for his inclusion in any long-term plans, going 2-for-6 in postseason pinch-hitting appearances, including a home run. Long discussed in trade rumors, it's likely Ethier will see his name on the block once more, as the Dodgers carry significant depth in the outfield. After all, penguins are only monogamous during mating season... if that.
2016 It feels like the Dodgers have wanted to rid themselves of Ethier since the day he signed his ill-advised five-year, $85 million extension. They were glad to still have Ethier around last year, though, as the 33-year-old earned more WARP than any other Dodgers outfielder and had his best campaign since 2012. We're all aware that Ethier is an acutely flawed player who shouldn't ever be allowed to face a left-handed pitcher or position himself in center field, but the man hit .306/.383/.517 against righties and didn't embarrass himself with the glove in a corner in 2015. If this is more than just a dead-cat bounce, the Dodgers could use his stabilizing force in a lineup awash with inconsistent assets. Between the southpaw struggles that plague Ethier, Joc Pederson and the sentient remains of Carl Crawford, the Dodgers really, really need a right-handed platoon outfielder. Also: Ethier is still hella handsome.
2015 Few players have fallen as hard and fast as Ethier in recent years; Tim Lincecum comes to mind, but at least he has World Series rings to show for it. Ethier's days of being a full-time player might have come to an end with his dismal 2014 season that saw him post career lows in every offensive category that matters, plus a bunch you've never heard of. And this isn't a case where the superficial numbers belie underlying indicators that show a run of bad luck amid retained skills: Any in-depth investigation will reinforce rather than undermine the conclusion that Ethier is through. He might be the most expensive pinch-hitter in the history of baseball for the next four years.
2014 Ethier's 2013 season was eerily similar to his 2011, and his OPS has been perched at 20 percent above the league average for the past three seasons (despite a toxic reaction to lefties). L.A.'s outfield was overcrowded with expensive contracts to flawed players, but his ability to stay in the lineup does have significant value on a club that employs Carl Crawford and Matt Kemp. But his career is following a stereotypical arc, and the Dodgers are on the hook for at least $70 million to find out how he progresses through his thirties. He was miscast in center field during the playoffs, and his role on a championship-caliber club could be limited to that of a six-inning hitter neutralized by the first LOOGY out of the bullpen.
2013 Following an offseason cleanup of his right knee, Ethier bolted from the gate, hitting .324/.381/.569 through the end of May to help the Dodgers overcome the absence of Matt Kemp. Naturally, the team used this time to buy high, announcing Ethier's five-year, $85 million extension in early June. The right fielder's production regressed considerably the rest of the way, and as much as ever, he struggled against left-handed pitching (606 OPS) to the point of becoming a true liability; his 239 PA against southpaws were 52 more than in any other season. His defense declined as well, according to most major metrics. Relative to the likes of Crawford, Jayson Werth, and Matt Holliday, Ethier's deal is reasonable, but tying up an expensive and incomplete player on the wrong side of 30 is never a sound tactic. He needs a platoon partner, and badly.
2012 Ethier started the season red-hot (.380/.446/.556 in April), but while he maintained a high batting average through the All-Star break, his power eroded considerably. After a horrific stretch from the break into late August, he suggested to LA Times columnist T.J. Simers that the Dodgers were pushing him to play through a right knee injury. An organizational Donny-brook followed, as the manager described himself as "blindsided" by the allegation, and the GM took exception as well. Soon afterwards, Ethier underwent surgery; the knee should heal fine, but the relationship between player and team may be irreparably damaged as he approaches his walk year, and it would shock nobody if he arrived at a new address sometime in 2012. The Gold Glove was worth a chuckle, though most of the major systems suggest he was a shade above average after three years well below it.
2011 After emerging as a star in 2009, Ethier began the year as though bound for even more dizzying heights. He was hitting .392/.457/.744 through May 14, leading the league in both the Triple Crown and triple-slash stats, and looking like an MVP candidate when he fractured the pinkie of his right hand during batting practice. Though he missed just 15 games, he hit a mere .260/.335/.413 the rest of the way, bringing his rate stats right in line with 2009, hardly an embarrassment in the grand scheme, particularly given a top-15 finish in True Average. Ethier continues to struggle against lefties—.222/.299/.348 over the last three years, compared to .315/.392/.565 against righties. It's tough to conceptualize benching your most reliable hitter, but perhaps Don Mattingly will be more amenable to sitting him against southpaws than Joe Torre was.
2010 Ethier stepped forward into stardom in 2009, becoming the first Dodger reach 30 homers since 2004, leading the majors with six walk-off hits, and tying a major-league record previously held by Jimmie Foxx (1940) and Roy Sievers (1957) with his four walk-off homers. He set career highs in every important counting stat, but his rate stats were down from 2008 due to a .194/.283/.345 showing in 187 PA against lefties, compared to .302/.390/.571 against righties. Joe Torre did seem to notice, frequently dropping Ethier lower in the order against southpaws, but Ethier's split has been widening with increased playing time, encouraging platooning him. As with the possibility of Charlie Manuel benching Ryan Howard against the tougher lefties, such a move won't actually happen.
2009 Ethier got off to a hot start (.315/.400/.461 in April), but once he cooled down, he found himself as the odd man out in a crowded outfield, and brooded openly about playing time, something he’s been prone to do throughout his Dodger tenure. Through the end of July, he hit just .274/.338/.442, but Torre’s decision to play his best-hitting outfield in the wake of Manny Ramirez’s acquisition provided Ethier with some job security and he flourished, hitting a Manny-like .368/.448/.649 over the final two months and starting 33 of the team’s final 36 games, missing time only for the birth of his first child. In all, his performance nailed his 90th-percentile PECOTA projection, and while he’s now squarely in his prime, he’s going to have a tough time making an encore.
2008 A belated diagnosis of acromioclavicular joint inflammation and rotator cuff damage might excuse both the September slump that took the shine off Ethier's otherwise stellar rookie season and his slow start in 2007, but the reality is that his rookie line was propped up by an unsustainable .347 BABIP and the drop to a league-average .293 took a bite out of his production. Furthermore, his seemingly improved walk rate was inflated by 12 intentional passes, ten while batting seventh or eighth. As a corner outfielder, Ethier isn't a tremendous asset at his current level of production, something Ned Colletti will undoubtedly be reminded of as he shops Ethier in the wake of the Andruw Jones signing. Ethier's cheap and just entering his prime-not thrilling, but nice, as Mel Brooks would say.
2007 Despite winning the 2005 Texas League MVP, Ethier appeared to be a tweener--lacking the speed for center field or the power for a corner spot--an underwhelming return in the Milton Bradley-Antonio Perez trade. Then Ethier stepped into the left field breach upon being called up on May 1 and helped the stumbling Dodgers turn things around. He hit .324/.395/.577 in May while the team went 18-10, and carried a similarly torrid pace through August. He was still hitting .335/.376/.528 when Ned Colletti traded for Marlon Anderson, but, when Grady Little started mixing Anderson into the lineup, Ethier`s production went south. He sulked through a 2-for-34 slump, and, though Little excused him for mental exhaustion, Ethier publicly voiced concerns about his future with the team. Colletti reassured the youngster of his place in their plans, but the situation took the luster off an otherwise stellar rookie campaign. Ethier flat-out nailed his 90th percentile PECOTA projection (.306/.374/.474, .290 EqA); while his performance certainly raises the bar a bit, expecting a repeat would be asking a lot.
2006 The Dodgers hope that Ethier, the Arizona State product acquired for Milton Bradley, will be a late-bloomer after a power breakout in Midland last year. He runs better than his stolen base numbers indicate, but he is considered to have too weak an arm to play centerfield. His chance could come sooner rather than later, considering that Jose Cruz is the incumbent, but PECOTA thinks he`d be overmatched as a regular.

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DateQuestionAnswer
2014-12-11 18:00:00 (link to chat)Multiple choice question. Which of following is the best option for the Dodgers: A. Dump Andre Ethier and pay all of his salary; B. Dump Carl Crawford and pay two-thirds of his salary; C. Trade Matt Kemp, pay none of his salary and get a second-tier prospect in return; or D. Keep all three and hire a dispute resolution mediator to help Don Mattingly.
(Fighting Sagehen47 from Greenville, SC)
How about E, trade Kemp and some salary, and get your new starting catcher? (Mark Anderson)
2014-08-06 16:30:00 (link to chat)Why am I still on the Dodgers?
(Andre Ethier from Angel Stadium)
I don't know, Andre Ethier. I really don't know. (Cespedes Family BBQ)
2013-12-10 18:00:00 (link to chat)Soup starter: Matt Kemp to Cincy for Brandon Phillips. What needs to be added, and dare the Reds get bold and try Billy Hamilton at 2b, at least until Ludwick's deal is up, at which time they put Kemp in LF and BHam in CF?
(DF from Wilmington, NC)
I think the Dodgers would have to kick in some money to make this happen and even though their pockets are deep I think the goal in moving Matt Kemp is to try to save money, not add another long term contract in Brandon Phillips. I suspect that the Dodgers are more likely to move Andre Ethier than Kemp and aren't simply going move Kemp for salary relief. It also seems that the Dodgers are going to try Alexander Guerrero at the keystone and if they do bring in a 2B will bring in someone more "marginal" to compete for the job.

The Reds priority is going to be to make Billy Hamilton comfortable both at the plate and on the field so I think it's unlikely they move him to 2B. That doesn't mean it's impossible, but the club seems committed to keeping him in the outfield for now. (Mike Gianella)
2013-06-11 14:00:00 (link to chat)Over his last 18 games, Andre Ethier is batting .150/.239/.200. Do you bench him if you're Mattingly?
(Aaron from Long Beach)
I don't think you can do much more than platoon Ethier right now, with Carl Crawford and Matt Kemp on the DL, but as the outfield gets healthier, Mattingly (and perhaps Ned Colletti) will have some difficult decisions to make. If Yasiel Puig keeps this up, it'll be nearly impossible to bench or demote him, and in that case, I think Ethier-despite his contract-might be the odd man out. (Daniel Rathman)
2012-11-13 13:00:00 (link to chat)with the trade where the dodgers got adrian gonzales and carl crawford, what does that mean for yasiel puig. is it possible they try him out at third or will the dodgers try to trade eithier. in any case have you heard any rumors about puig's future.
(temple from madison)
I actually thought about this at the time of the trade, temple, but with the financial reserves the Dodgers have now, I don't think they're terribly concerned about blocking Puig. The outfield does seem set for the long haul, barring an Andre Ethier trade, but even if the Dodgers ultimately must eat money to open up a spot for Puig, they may not think twice about it. And depending on Puig's development, that decision might be two years away. (Daniel Rathman)
2012-10-30 13:00:00 (link to chat)Reports going out today that Dodgers are "open to trading" Andre Ethier? Why sign him to a long-term extension earlier in the season if this was going to be the end result?
(jlarsen from chicago)
Well, when the Dodgers signed Ethier to the extension, they didn't know they would acquire Crawford and Adrian Gonzalez two months later. So that changed. Also, when healthy, Ethier has a skill set that a lot of teams could use. Sometimes signing a guy to a long-term deal can increase his trade value because potential partners know he won't walk after a year or two. (Geoff Young)
2012-07-11 12:00:00 (link to chat)I just traded Andre Ethier for Tim Lincecum, straight up, in my 10 team HTH points league. I know PECOTA loves Lincecum, but did I just go out on a serious limb here?
(TomLongwell from Minneapolis)
High risk, high reward (Jason Collette)
2012-06-12 13:00:00 (link to chat)Thoughts on the reported 5 yr/$85 mil deal for 30 year old Andre Ethier?
(Aaron from LB)
They had to lock him up; otherwise, the super-rich new Dodgers new ownership would sign him when he became a free agent. Wait, I guess that explanation only works when other teams sign their pending free agents.

I wouldn't really want Ethier for five years, and I don't think that's just because I have never adjusted to when Billy Beane traded him away at a time that I was very, very convinced that Billy Beane couldn't possibly make a bad move. The generous way of looking at it is this: There aren't going to be any good free agents anymore. There will be some, but very few, since everybody good gets locked up at even earlier ages and for even longer. So if there are no free agents, and you have to spend the money somehow, might as well keep the guy you like. (Sam Miller)
2012-03-15 12:00:00 (link to chat)What do you think the Red Sox outfield looks like in opening day? On August 1st?
(Carl Crawdaddy from The bottom of the BAY)
If you're out? Ross, Ellsbury, Sweeney on opening day. August is a tough one. I suppose you could throw the Red Sox into the Andre Ethier pool, but I'm not convinced the Dodgers will trade him, nor that the Red Sox will look to acquire him. (R.J. Anderson)
2012-02-20 13:00:00 (link to chat)Do you think the Dodgers will be surprisingly competitive with Clayton Kershaw, Matt Kemp, and a healthy Andre Ethier this year?
(Tim from Reno)
I think they'll be better off than last year, in a division where nobody is going to run away. (Jay Jaffe)
2011-04-07 13:00:00 (link to chat)Wouldn't Jerry Sands at RF, Trayvon Robinson at LF and Andre Ethier at 1B be a drastic improvement for the Dodgers?
(Scott from Irvine)
Robinson has more than a year at Double-A under his belt, so he's got that over Sands. The problem is that the projections don't exactly paint either as above-average contributors at key offensive positions, so expecting both to break in at the major league level and succeed right now is a tall, tall order. And that's without considering how little experience at first base Ethier has. (Jay Jaffe)
2010-09-13 13:00:00 (link to chat)Please fill in the blank. This is the best NL Rookie Class since ________ (blank). Thanks! Bobby
(Bobby from New York)
Are we going strictly by league? Because the 2007 class had Ryan Braun, Troy Tulowitzki, Dustin Pedroia and Josh Hamilton among hitters, Tim Lincecum and Joakim Soria among pitchers. 2006 had Hanley Ramirez, Ryan Zimmerman, Andre Ethier, Prince Fielder, Ian Kinsler, Francisco Liriano, Justin Verlander, Jered Weaver, Josh Johnson, Matt Cain, Cole Hamels, Jonathan Papelbon (who used to not suck), Jonathan Broxton (ditto)...

There's a lot to be excited about with this year's rookie class (Posey, Heyward, Santana, Stanton) but I'm in no rush to appoint them the best class of the past five years until I see much more. (Jay Jaffe)
2009-10-13 14:00:00 (link to chat)do you have any idea how the BP monte carlo report has the phillies winning the NLCS almost 2/3 of the time? that seems extremely strange.
(amr2002 from philly)
I expect the quality of Lee and Happ (and Hamels) compares rather well to the Dodgers' comparative mere adequacy in the rotation makes a big difference. It might also involve the effective deletion of Andre Ethier for the series as a result of not getting to see many right-handed pitching. That's just WAG, of course. (Christina Kahrl)
2009-05-04 14:00:00 (link to chat)How would Matt Kemp and Andre Ethier fit into your analysis of outfielders to take over Markakis? Do either of make it, they would at least be in the conversation wouldn't they?
(ssjames from Orange, CA)
Ethier, no, as he's too old without the upside. I considered Kemp, though. He'd be in the discussion. (Joe Sheehan)
2008-10-09 14:00:00 (link to chat)Are they disappearing into the Andre Ethier?
(tiptonhr from Knoxville)
I knew that one was going to show up. (Jay Jaffe)
2008-09-23 13:30:00 (link to chat)Hi Joe, thanks for the chat. If you had a vote, would Manny Ramirez crack your top 10 for the NL MVP?
(jtrichey from Indianapolis)
Without looking, I'll say "no." There are so many players having strong seasons in the NL that I can't see Ramirez, with negative defensive value, beating out 10 of them in full-season value. I mean, wouldn't you have to put Andre Ethier--who's matched Ramirez's performance at the plate since the trade, runs circles around him defensively and was there all year--ahead of Ramirez? (Joe Sheehan)
2008-03-31 13:00:00 (link to chat)Are you surprised that the Dodgers were able to make the right move and start Andre Ethier over Juan Pierre?
(dblatnik from Sunnyvale, CA)
A little bit, because Joe Torre is a sucker for the "traditional" leadoff man that Pierre represents. That said, he can be a faithless master, and Ethier will be on a short leash. (Steven Goldman)
2008-03-06 13:00:00 (link to chat)Can you address the Dodgers situation? Re-signing Nomar? Bringing in Andruw Jones to push Kemp even farther down the depth chart? Where does Delwyn Young play (if in the majors)? How about Hu? It seems like they have a MLB-ready prospect pushing up at every position.
(Peter from Staten Island)
Hey Pete!

You're right in that the Dodger system is loaded. GM Ned Colletti seems to have a knack for finding a veteran stiff to throw in the way of every near-ready prospect.

That said, the Dodgers didn't hesitate to push Nomar off 1B when James Loney got hot for them last year, and it's clear they now think of Kemp as a RF rather than a CF. It's Andre Ethier who's likely feeling the biggest pinch in the outfield right now.

As for Delwyn Young, that's a good question. He was moved off 2B because he wasn't considered an adequate defender (-14 FRAA at Double-A in 2005), and while he may help there in a pinch, long term he's going to need an outfield spot. I don't think that will happen for him in LA barring a slew of injuries; the best he can hope for is that as a switch-hitter he becomes a staple of the team's bench. (Jay Jaffe)
2008-02-04 13:00:00 (link to chat)I am Joe Torre. You are Juan Pierre. Make a case for playing everyday over Andre Ethier.
(raygu1 from nj)
I can't. It's not that Pierre can't be a valuable player, but not every day in left field. But you know that, and I think Ned Colletti does too. (David Laurila)


BP Roundtables

DateRoundtable NameComment
2010-07-13 16:30:00All-Star GameAnd that's the end of the Andre Ethier era in center field.

Kind of cool to see Hong-Chih Kuo here. Not that having a setup man on an All-Star roster isn't a stretch, but given all the arm troubles he's overcome and how dominant he can be when he's healthy, I'm happy to see anything good come his way. (Jay Jaffe)
2010-07-13 16:30:00All-Star GameAnd first-time center fielder Andre Ethier playing in center because of it. (Marc Normandin)
2009-10-16 13:00:00NLCS Game Two/ALCS Game OneHow the hell can an every day player (Andre Ethier) be a good luck charm? (Kevin Goldstein)
2009-10-15 17:00:002009 NLCS Game One (Phillies/Dodgers)Comparing Andre Ethier to Paul O'Neill: I don't think O'Neill ever hit as badly against lefties as Ethier did this year: .194/.283/.345. Not that Paul was exactly great against them... .248/.312/.387. (Steven Goldman)
 

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