Orioles, Dodgers have discussed Andre Ethier trade

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The Orioles have been linked in recent weeks to free agents Colby Rasmus, Norichika Aoki, and Ichiro Suzuki. But trading for a new outfielder is another route being explored by the Baltimore front office.

According to MASN’s Roch Kubatko, the Orioles “have engaged in trade talks with the Dodgers” regarding Andre Ethier. Los Angeles has already traded Matt Kemp this offseason — which helped chip away at the club’s outfield logjam — but it’s a safe guess that Ethier is still very much available.

Ethier, 32, batted just .249 with a .691 OPS and four home runs in 130 games last season for the Dodgers. He’s owed $56 million over the next three years and carries a $17.5 million vesting option for 2018.

Carl Crawford, Joc Pederson, and Yasiel Puig should be the Dodgers’ starting outfielders in 2015.

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.