Colletti hopes to get Ethier extension

General Manager Ned Colletti said he wants to explore
the possibility of signing Andre Ethier to a contract extension soon after the
Dodgers’ new owners take over the club next week.

“I’ve always been inclined to
keep him,” Colletti said. “His start certainly hasn’t hurt.”

Ethier, who will be
eligible for free agency when his one-year, $10.95-million deal expires at the
end of the season, drove in 22 runs in the Dodgers’ first 17 games.

His runs batted in total was tied for the most in the
majors with teammate Matt Kemp’s 22. Ethier drove in the Dodgers’ first run