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2014 Dodgers review: Andre Ethier

Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports

Here is a review of the 2014 season of Andre Ethier, the odd man out in the Dodgers crowded outfield.

What went right

Ethier gets credit for being versatile enough to play all three outfield positions, though didn't rate very well at any one specific position. He gets credit for accepting a bench role without making too many waves, the odd man out when manager Don Mattingly's juggling act found a regular non-Ethier group.

Ethier found success in a pinch-hitting role, his role in 30 of his final 40 games over the final two months, hitting .290/.450/.355 (9-for-31 with eight walks) on the season.

Ethier's best month came in May, hitting .296/.345/.481 with 11 extra-base hits and 11 RBI.

What went wrong

After May's 11 extra-base hits and 11 RBI, Ethier totaled 13 extra-base hits and 17 RBI over the final four months of the season combined.

By all accounts, 2014 was Ethier's worst season and it ultimately cost him regular playing time. He hit .249/.322/.370, and after six straight full seasons of OPS+ and wRC+ at least 120, Ethier put up a 97 OPS+ and 98 wRC+, both career lows.

Ethier hit just four home runs on the season, including none after June 29, a span of 131 plate appearances without a long ball to end his season. Ethier, who also had seven straight years of 30 or more doubles, hit just 17 in 2014. But it wasn't just his part-time status that sapped his power; Ethier averaged 17 plate appearances per double from 2006-2013, and averaged 22 PA per double in 2014.

The most troubling part of Ethier's season is that he was finally used in a part-time, platoon role that his career numbers versus left-handed pitchers demanded he have - .235/.294/.348 career, no seasonal OPS over .692 vs. LHP since 2007 - but he still didn't produce.

In 2014 Ethier had just 51 plate appearances against lefties, accounting for only 13.4 percent of his total PA, by far the lowest of his career. Through 2013, 28 percent of Ethier's PA came against left-handers. But Ethier, a career.304/.383/.506 hitter against right-handed pitchers, hit just .253/.325/.385 against right-handers in 2014.

Ethier was also picked off third base to end the sixth inning of Game 4 of the NLDS, killing a Dodgers rally.

2014 particulars

Age: 32

Salary: $15.5 million

Game of the year

Ethier was 2-for-4 with a triple and a home run, driving in four runs in a 6-3 win over the Reds on May 27.

Roster status

Ethier has three years and a guaranteed $56 million left on his contract, a bulk of which seems destined to be paid by the Dodgers as part of a trade to send him elsewhere.