Andre Ethier: “I want the opportunity to play every day”

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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.

Cardinals sign Matt Wieters to one-year, $2 million deal

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Jon Heyman reports that the Cardinals and free agent catcher Matt Wieters have agreed on a one-year, $2 million deal. Wieters can earn an additional $1 million through incentives.

Wieters, 33, spent last season with the Cardinals as Yadier Molina‘s backup. In 67 games, the veteran hit .214/.268/.435 with 11 home runs and 27 RBI. While Wieters has left something to be desired offensively in recent years, he still plays solid defense behind the plate.

Wieters will once again serve as the backup to Molina. Catching prospect Andrew Knizner is expected to start the season at Triple-A Memphis.