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 21 runs in the Dodgers' first 16 games. Entering the series against the Atlanta Braves, his runs batted in total was second in the majors behind teammate Matt Kemp's 22.

Ethier drove in the Dodgers' first run Monday.

Nez Balelo, Ethier's agent, has said his client would be open to negotiating a multiyear deal with the team's new owners during the season.