NL West Notes: Ethier, Giants, D’Backs

As MLBTR's Reverse Standings page shows, the Padres, Dodgers and Rockies project to have protected first round picks in next year's draft. Here are the latest links as the Giants continue chasing the D'Backs for the division lead…

  • Agent Nez Balelo told Dylan Hernandez of the LA Times that Andre Ethier wants to return to the Dodgers next year and stay there for the rest of his career. Ethier, who hit a grand slam tonight, returned to the lineup yesterday after the Dodgers' medical staff determined that his injured knee wouldn't deteriorate if he keeps playing. He is under team control through 2012.
  • Giants GM Brian Sabean told Chris Haft and Adam Berry of that he doesn't expect to make any moves this month.
  • The Giants announced that they discovered evidence of possible embezzlement by former payroll manager Robin O'Connor. They dismissed O'Connor and are working with federal authorities on the matter.
  • The 2009 trade that sent Curtis Granderson to the Yankees has helped all three teams involved, including the D'Backs, Matthew Leach writes at The D'Backs acquired Ian Kennedy and Edwin Jackson in the deal before flipping Jackson for Daniel Hudson.

17 Responses to NL West Notes: Ethier, Giants, D’Backs Leave a Reply

  1. Gator4444 4 years ago

    None of the Giants huge contracts are off the books next year and Lincecum will get a raise.  What can they do to realistically improve their offense this winter (besides a healthy BP)…

    • sf55forlife 4 years ago

      I mean Mark DeRosa, Miguel Tejada, and Cody Ross are off the books. That is over $18 million dollars of dead weight gone. 

      Also the Giants have sold out every single home game this season. They can and will increase payroll.

       The Giants have a young core on offense with Posey, Belt, and Sandoval. They don’t need superstars to win. 

  2. ateam043 4 years ago

    I don’t know about Ethier….I’m a fan of his, but he needs to shut his mouth or make up his mind if he wants to go or stay in LA.

    • He should go to Arizona.  He hits way to well at that ballpark, imagine his numbers if Chase was his Home Field.

      • Allen Snyder 4 years ago

         ummm let me know if i’m wrong, but i’m pretty sure the D-backs have a right fielder already…

        • There are 8 other positions on the field.  And with Parra possibly being a Super 2, Ethier could pop over to LF in 2013.

          • Isaac 4 years ago

            Can’t play SS cause he’s a lefty or second or third cant catch cause he’s a fragile piece of glass and I’m pretty sure he can’t pitch

          • Ethier (being a local product) and his roughly .300 hitting would be great to have here in AZ – i’m just not sure I want to get rid of Parra.  He’s improved consistently since his arrival, and at this point I don’t think we can part with his defense!  I could see selling CY and shifting Parra over, but I hate that too, messes with the dynamic CY/J-up have going.  Upton’s lack of consistent defense in RF makes our other two outfielders that much more valuable – and I personally think Parra slots in well as the # 1 or 2 hitter in our lineup.

            It also doesn’t sound like Ethier’s personality/baggage is something the Dbacks would want to take on…we’ve moved two players in recent memory with similar issues – Quentin/Reynolds.

  3. vtadave 4 years ago

    Perhaps the Giants dismissed their Payroll Manager for actually paying Barry Zito and Aaron Rowand… 

    • corey23 4 years ago

      they’re the ones that should be arrested lolz

      • angryredmenace 4 years ago

        Arrested? If I was a Giants fan I would want them behead in the town square in front of their young daughters while the boy king watches.

  4. OG 4 years ago

    Ethier should get non tendered, he’s overrated and just not worth 8 figures.

    • angryredmenace 4 years ago

      Don’t you think that’s going a little to far? If you want him gone that badly, why not trade him.

      • BlueSkyLA
        BlueSkyLA 4 years ago

        From reading these boards you’d get the idea that the fans make the trades. Anyhow I’ve attended six games at Dodger Stadium this season and even with all the team’s woes, I have never heard the crowd boo Andre Ethier. Far from it, in fact. The cranky “fans” who say that he ought to be non-tendered are probably wearing orange and black.

  5. Cody 4 years ago

    I’ll take him thank you. The Red Sox would love to have him

  6. I definitely believe the the D-backs got the best end of this trade. While Granderson has been an absolute stud and an MVP candidate, the D-Backs got a blossoming Cy Young candidate (Kennedy) and Hudson who will at least be our #2 or 3 for years to come (and still who has more potential than Kennedy imo). Throw in Holmberg who is proving that he could be a contributer in the near future and we got three quality arms (and two top of the rotations guys) for two, albeit great, relievers.

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