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Andre Ethier is on the trading block

Washington Nationals v Los Angeles Dodgers

LOS ANGELES, CA - APRIL 27: Andre Ethier #16 of the Los Angeles Dodgers watches his two run homnerun for a 2-0 lead over the Washington Nationals during the first inning at Dodger Stadium on April 27, 2012 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)

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UPDATE: Rosenthal says the Dodgers have “zero intention” of trading Ethier, but will listen. He says two teams have inquired.

October: The Dodgers are interested in trading Andre Ethier!

November: No, the Dodgers are not interested in trading Andre Ethier.

December: The Dodgers are interested in trading Andre Ethier:

Source: Dodgers shopping Andre Ethier. If they deal him, they could be in the mix for Nick Swisher.

— Mark Feinsand (@FeinsandNYDN) December 18, 2012

I don’t doubt that the Dodgers would actually like to trade Ethier, but he’s got an ugly contract, even by late 2012’s increasingly crazy standards. L.A. owes him $85 million between now and 2017. This for a guy who turns 31 next season. If anyone wanted Ethier, they’d be better off just signing Nick Swisher themselves.

Which doesn’t mean he’s untradable. For one thing -- as one of my Tweeps notes -- a free agent like Swisher may nit wish to go to a place like, say, Seattle, so if the M’s wanted his like, they could do a deal for Ethier. And of course, L.A. could kick in a lot of money in any Ethier deal.

Still seems pretty unlikely anyone would bite, but stranger things have happened.