Andre Ethier the likeliest of Dodger outfielders to be traded

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Recent reports have indicated that the Dodgers are trying to move one of Matt Kemp, Carl Crawford, and Andre Ethier in an attempt to clear up a jam in the outfield. ESPN’s Buster Olney hears that, according to rival evaluators, Ethier is “by far” the likeliest to be traded.

All three outfielders are owed a lot of money. Ethier is headed into the third year of a five-year, $85 million contract extension signed in June 2012. The Dodgers still owe him at least $56 million. Crawford is signed through 2017 and is still owed $62.25 million, and Kemp is signed through 2019 with $107 million remaining.

Ethier, 32, played only part-time during the 2014 season. He racked up just 380 plate appearances while posting the worst offensive numbers of his nine-year career, batting .249/.322/.370 with four home runs and 42 RBI.

Giancarlo Stanton to make return from IL this week

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Per The Athletic’s Lindsey Adler, Yankees manager Aaron Boone said outfielder Giancarlo Stanton may be activated from the injured list on Wednesday. Stanton will “certainly” be activated on Thursday.

Stanton, 29, has appeared in all of nine games this season due to knee and calf injuries. The calf injury struck first during the opening week of the season. He wouldn’t return until June 18, then played in a whopping six games before a strained PCL in his right knee sent him back on the IL. But if there was ever a time for Stanton to make his triumphant return, it’s right before what the Yankees hope is a deep postseason run.

In the nine games Stanton has appeared in this season, spanning 38 trips to the plate, he has hit .290/.421/.419 with a double, a homer, seven RBI, and four runs scored.