The Los Angeles Dodgers are reportedly “exploring” the possibility of moving utility man Howie Kendrick via trade, according to Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com. There are many moving pieces on their roster heading into the offseason and Rosenthal thinks that Kendrick could be the one not on their roster come next spring, as he had grown “frustrated with his role last season.” However, it is not clear at the moment how far into trade discussions the team is in with other teams or if they are even talking to teams about him at all.
In his column, Rosenthal notes that the Philadelphia Phillies and the Los Angeles Angels could be in play for the 33-year-old infielder/outfielder. Philadelphia is “looking for short-term upgrades” and their new general manager — Matt Klentak — was the Los Angeles Angels’ assistant general manager near the end of Kendrick’s time with Los Angeles’ American League squad. The Angels, which are his former team, are looking to add a new second baseman for next season and Kendrick could fill that position at a rather cheap price — $10 million.
Kendrick returned to the Dodgers with the understanding that he would be used at multiple positions, but not all players find it easy to adapt to such roles.
His playing time also diminished in the postseason, with the Dodgers using the left-handed hitting Andrew Toles in left field against right-handed pitching. Kendrick, a right-handed hitter, started only three of the team’s 11 postseason games.
In 146 games played with the Dodgers this season, Kendrick posted a .255/.326/.366 slash line over 543 plate appearances, along with eight home runs, 26 doubles, two triples and 40 runs batted in. Over his 11-year big league career with both Los Angeles’ teams (Angels and Dodgers), he is the owner of a .289/.332/.417 slash line, along with 95 home runs and 595 runs batted in.