Los Angeles Dodgers outfielder Andre Ethier returned to action following a broken leg this past September, but that didn’t stop the Mexican national team from approaching him about his availability to patrol the outfield for them during the 2017 World Baseball Classic, which will take place in March. With his mother having been from Mexico, Ethier would have qualified, but ultimately turned them down.
A two-time All-Star with the Dodgers in 2010 and 2011, Ethier was a key cog in the heart of the Los Angeles batting order, but has seen his role decrease as the team’s insatiable desire to continuously acquire as many skilled outfielders as possible has pushed him to the back of the line.
He appeared in just 16 games for the Dodgers during the 2016 regular season, primarily as a pinch-hitter, batting .208/.269/.375 with just five hits on the year. The broken leg he suffered at the beginning of the season was terrible timing for a hitter coming off a season where he batted .294 with a .366 on-base percentage as a 33-year-old for Los Angeles.
After inking a six-year, $95.5 million deal that kicked in prior to the start of the 2012 season, Ethier’s tenure with the Dodgers is most likely approaching it’s final year, as Ethier is slated to make $17.5 million in 2017, before a $2.5 million buyout can kick in for 2018.
His entire career has been with Los Angeles, but he was originally drafted in the second round of the 2003 MLB Draft by the Oakland Athletics out of Arizona State University. He was first traded in the deal that sent beleaguered outfielder Milton Bradley back to Oakland in exchange.