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Ethier focused on play, not contract or owners

Ethier focused on play, not contract or owners

Ethier focused on play, not contract or owners
GLENDALE, Ariz. -- If the first baseball move of the new Dodgers owners should be locking up Andre Ethier long term, the team's hottest hitter this spring wasn't going there Wednesday morning.

"I'm open to anything, but at this time I'm focused on this year and getting it done on the field," said Ethier, who has recovered from September knee surgery and is potentially one of the most attractive of next winter's free-agent class.

"That's not a thing I'm addressing right now. That goes into the speculation thing. I'm just trying to play for the day, focus on winning and not whether I get a call from the front office."

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Ethier said he was looking forward to meeting new co-owner Magic Johnson, and he was aware of co-owner Stan Kasten's reputation as the man in charge of the Braves' remarkable postseason run, as well as the Hawks and Thrashers -- what Ethier called "the trifecta president."

"It's an exciting time for the Dodgers, knowing [the new owners will] make the organization the best it can be," Ethier said. "It's a great opportunity for the team and franchise to get back on the right track, to get stability up front and, more important, on the field. That's the key -- to make the Dodgers the best franchise it can be and deserves to be, to give a product, top to bottom, that the people of L.A. can be proud of."

Ethier wasn't ready to conclude that the sale automatically boosts optimism.

"I'm not looking at that right now, we're just looking at winning games," he said. "If we put a good team together and make the playoffs, everybody will be happy. We just have to do our jobs and make the decision easy on the people above. It's way too early to play those games in your mind right now. This group has proven winners, but you still don't know what their goal is from Day One. Don't look too far ahead -- focus on right now."

Ken Gurnick is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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