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The Los Angeles Dodgers “are exploring” potential trade options for Howie Kendrick as they look to build on their National League Championship Series appearance, per Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports.
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Rosenthal listed the Philadelphia Phillies and Los Angeles Angels as teams who could be interested in Kendrick. He said Philadelphia is “looking for short-term upgrades,” while Kendrick started his MLB career with the Angels.
Rosenthal pointed out Phillies general manager Matt Klentak was the assistant general manager for the Angels for part of Kendrick’s time with the team. Kendrick played for the Angels from 2006 to 2014.
What’s more, Rosenthal said the Angels are looking for a second baseman heading into the 2017 season.
That would likely suit Kendrick well, considering Rosenthal’s major league sources said he “grew frustrated with his role last season.” While his 487 at-bats ranked fifth on the team, he played left field, second base, first base and third base at times after playing second most of his career.
He also started just three of the Dodgers’ 11 playoff games, as manager Dave Roberts used Andrew Toles in left against right-handed pitchers.
Despite the apparent frustration, Kendrick’s fielding at second base often dictated his moving around given his struggles in the last two seasons with the Dodgers. According to FanGraphs, he was responsible for minus-12 total defensive runs saved above average at second in 2015 (989 innings) and minus-four in 2016 (210.1 innings).
He will make $10 million in 2017 in the final season of a two-year contract with the Dodgers, per Rosenthal. A trade would mean the Dodgers received something in return before the 33-year-old Kendrick potentially heads elsewhere on the open market following the upcoming campaign.
Kendrick was a 2011 All-Star with the Angels when he hit a career-best 18 home runs, but he was not that offensive force for the Dodgers in 2016. He slashed .255/.326/.366 with eight home runs and 40 RBI and couldn’t replicate some of his past numbers:
|2006||Los Angeles Angels||72||.285/.314/.416||4||30|
|2007||Los Angeles Angels||88||.322/.347/.450||5||39|
|2008||Los Angeles Angels||92||.306/.333/.421||3||37|
|2009||Los Angeles Angels||105||.291/.334/.444||10||61|
|2010||Los Angeles Angels||158||.279/.313/.407||10||75|
|2011||Los Angeles Angels||140||.285/.338/.464||18||63|
|2012||Los Angeles Angels||147||.287/.325/.400||8||67|
|2013||Los Angeles Angels||122||.297/.335/.439||13||54|
|2014||Los Angeles Angels||157||.293/.347/.397||7||75|
|2015||Los Angeles Dodgers||117||.295/.336/.409||9||54|
|2016||Los Angeles Dodgers||146||.255/.326/.366||8||40|
While the decline is likely worrisome for teams targeting Kendrick, he is versatile enough to play multiple positions if needed and brings postseason experience and veteran leadership to the table with 30 playoff games in his career.