Andre Ethier has stated before that he doesn’t appreciate being buried on the Dodgers’ outfield depth chart, and now the 32-year-old is doubling down as spring training opens in Glendale, Arizona.
“I want the opportunity to play every day,” Ethier told ESPN’s Mark Saxon on Tuesday. “I felt like when I get a chance to play every day, I put up the numbers they ask of me. … You’re not wishing for it ever to end, but sometimes that opportunity takes you somewhere else. I’m not going to do anything to sit here and force it. Hopefully it works itself out.”
Carl Crawford, Joc Pederson, and Yasiel Puig are expected to open the 2015 season as the Dodgers’ primary starting outfielders.
Ethier is owed $56 million over the next three years and carries a $17.5 million vesting option for 2018, so pulling off a trade could be tough. He hit just .249/.322/.370 with four home runs in 130 games last season.
Astros starter Gerrit Cole dominated the Athletics on Monday night, limiting them to one run on two hits and a walk while striking out 11. It marked his 12th start out of 22 this season with double-digit strikeouts, giving him 205 total on the season.
It is no surprise, then, to hear that Cole is the second-fastest in baseball history to reach 200 strikeouts in a season, per MLB.com’s Brian McTaggart. Cole got there in 133 1/3 innings. The only pitcher faster than Cole was Randy Johnson, who reached 200 K’s in 130 2/3 innings back in 2001 with the Diamondbacks.
Along with the 205 strikeouts, Cole holds an 11-5 record with a 3.03 ERA across 136 2/3 innings. Among qualified starters in the American League, only Charlie Morton (2.61), Mike Minor (2.86), José Berríos (2.96), and teammate Justin Verlander (2.99) have a better ERA than Cole, who has twice finished in the top-five in Cy Young Award voting.