Yes, I know that he is 38 years old, but he is in great shape and has the body type that seems to age very well. He is a good base-runner and could hit in the #2 spot if necessary. He kills LH pitchers and hits RH pitchers very well. He’s not the HR threat he once was, but he’s a very productive player.
Yes, I know that Mark McGwire could help Andre Ethier how to hit LH pitching (or maybe not), but the Dodgers have Joc Pederson and Yasiel Puig ready in a year or two, so trading Ethier might make sense. Hunter will not require any compensation and would probably accept a two-year deal to play with his pal Matt Kemp. He is also friends with Carl Crawford.
It makes sense because it would balance the lineup which was a little heavy with left-handers. He’s a good outfielder and can even spell Kemp in CF, if necessary. Finally, he’s a good clubhouse guy too.
It also makes sense because Andre Ethier could be packaged with the likes of Dee Gordon and Chris Capuano or Aaron Harang to get a solid starter and maybe a 2B or 3B.
The Dodgers need help at 2B and 3B. Kevin Youkilis is available, but does he have anything left? Before you say no, consider Lance Berkman at the same age. Big Mac had a hand is resurrecting his career and could do the same with Youk. Of course, I would prefer Chase Headly or David Wright, but could they really become available? It’s doubtful.
How about Andre Ethier and Dee Gordon for Aaron Hill? Some cash might have to go to the D-Backs… Or how about Ethier, Mark Ellis and Harang or Capuano for Ian Kinsler if the Rangers lose Hamilton?
How about this lineup:
- Kinsler 2B
- Hunter RF
- Gonzalez 1B
- Kemp CF
- Ramirez SS
- Youkilis 3B (resurrected – humor me)
- Crawford LF
- Ellis C
Just another idea.