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New Ownership Increases Chances Of Ethier Deal

May 02, 2012 7:51 AM EST

Nothing is imminent, but with new ownership officially in place the chances of Andre Ethier signing a long-term deal with the Dodgers have increased.

Ethier appeared to have a problem with former owner Frank McCourt, but he is now open to discussing a deal in-season ahead of his impending free agency.

The belief is that L.A.'s new owners want to get established before they hand out a huge contract extension.

A source suggested that Ethier could receive a contract in the neighborhood of six-years and $90 million.

Via Jon Heyman/CBS Sports