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GM Colletti: Ethier deal high on to-do list

GM Colletti: Ethier deal high on to-do list

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GM Colletti: Ethier deal high on to-do list
LOS ANGELES -- Dodgers general manager Ned Colletti on Monday repeated earlier comments indicating that a contract extension for outfielder Andre Ethier will be a high priority when new ownership takes over next week.

"You know, I've talked to them a little bit about it so it's on the map already," Colletti told SiriusXM Radio. "And when everything gets settled in and people get a chance to think about a lot of different things, that'll be one of the topics we do bring up. I'd love to keep him here. Of course, it takes more than the organization and more than me to get it done. It takes a lot of different people and factions that have a say in it, but hopefully he can be here for a long time.

"He's had a great start. Except for a little bit of a blip when he had a bad knee last year, he's been a very consistent player for us and somebody who does provide some protection for Matt [Kemp]. A couple of years ago it was the other way around in the order. But he's somebody that we count on and somebody that's been here really his whole Major League career. He started with Oakland, but he's been a Dodger ever since he showed up in the big leagues, and if we can keep it that way, it's fine with me."

Ethier is eligible for free agency after this season, and the free-agent market for run producers is expected to be light.

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