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Diamondbacks ownership reportedly nixed a Miguel Montero-for-Andre Ethier trade

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From Ken Rosenthal’s latest at ...

Andre Ethier a Diamondback? Miguel Montero a Dodger?

The teams recently discussed a trade involving those players, but the deal collapsed when the D-Backs’ ownership declined to give final approval, according to major-league sources.

The Dodgers would have sent Ethier, catcher Tim Federowicz, and money to Arizona for Montero and multiple lower-level prospects. But the majority owner of the Diamondbacks, Ken Kendrick, ruled against the trade because he likes Montero and was not comfortable trading him within the National League West.

The Diamondbacks are pretty set with corner outfielders -- see: Mark Trumbo, David Peralta, and Cuban defector Yasmany Tomas -- so the swap didn’t make a ton of sense on paper. But it’s disconcerting for an owner to step in so strongly on a baseball decision. Kendrick is known for being overly meddlesome at times.

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