Ethier's average is up to .303 after he slugged his first home run on Saturday. He has seven RBIs, one behind team-leader Pederson, who is hitting .472.
With Yasiel Puig in right field and Carl Crawford in left, the pair of left-handed hitters is followed in offensive production by Scott Van Slyke, then a struggling Chris Heisey.
A trade of Ethier could satisfy all parties, but there's a $56 million contractual stumbling block. The Dodgers reportedly are willing to pay half of that to make a deal.
Ken Gurnick is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.