Ethier downplays Red Sox rumor

Ethier downplays Red Sox rumor

SAN FRANCISCO -- Dodgers All-Star outfielder Andre Ethier dismissed a report out of Boston that he'd like to join the Red Sox.

"It's obviously hearsay," said the Dodgers outfielder. "Especially at this point, it doesn't even make sense to comment on something like this."

According to an Internet report from Sean McAdam of CSNNE.com, Ethier reportedly told friends he would like to come to the Red Sox. Ethier is a former college teammate and good friend of Boston's Dustin Pedroia, although there was no indication that Pedroia was involved in the report.

Ethier, 29, isn't eligible for free agency until after the 2012 season. He is in the first year of a two-year contract that pays him $9.25 million next year and was having a Triple Crown season until breaking his finger.

Speculation has already started that the Dodgers will be active in the trade market, but limited in the free agency market, over the winter.

The Dodgers, however, need a middle-of-the-order hitter and it was not clear in the report how trading Ethier would square with that pressing need.