MLB Rumors: Los Angeles Dodgers in no rush to trade an outfielder

April 1, 2013; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Los Angeles Dodgers fan Roy Velazquez wears his team hat to the opening day game against the San Francisco Giants at Dodger Stadium. Dodgers won 4-0. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports

With four talented players and only three outfield spots available, many have assumed the Los Angeles Dodgers will look into trading one of their outfielders.

And while that still may be a possibility down the road, it doesn’t appear the Dodgers are in any rush to make a move – this according to the Boston Globe.

The Dodgers are in no hurry to settle their crowded outfield situation. Colletti indicated he’ll try to make it work with four — Andre Ethier, Carl Crawford, Matt Kemp, and Yasiel Puig, who, by the way, could wind up being the leadoff hitter.

So what’s the line of thinking? According to Nick Cafardo, the Dodgers feel that Matt Kemp will need time to rest and the same can be said for Crawford, who has a lengthy history of injuries. Given the downtime, that should give Ethier (the most likely bench candidate) a decent amount of playing time – at least, that’s how GM Ned Colletti sees it.

Add in that the most likely candidate to be moved (Ethier) has a massive contract, a trade just doesn’t seem inevitable at this point.

Topics: Los Angeles Dodgers

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  • craigbhill

    Rather than go to a Boston scribe to get anything on the inside of the Cactus League, Bryan, best to get better info direct from Arizona, which is that a week ago Matt Kemp revealed he hasn’t been doing any running on that surgically repaired ankle, and that he will not be ready to start running till maybe April.

    So, in answer to your headline, no, no one’s going to be traded, yet, until Matt can again play like Matt, and not before.

    And when a trade happens, it oughtn’t be the lefty Ethier who leaves, who has proved his worth last year by playing sterling centerfield while Kemp was out, and who is needed in the lineup to break up the righties around him.

    If anyone, it should be Carl Crawford who eventually gets traded, much of his salary eaten by an ownership who will feel no pain in so doing, for prospects, to a team who has a farm but needs a ready-made outfielder with speed still in his prime, so that Matt can return and take it easy by taking Crawford’s place in left, while Puig stays in Andre’s spot in right and Ethier continues in Matt’s, in center.

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