Howie Kendrick is thriving as the Dodgers' second baseman and he is expected to draw a notable amount of interest this offseason. Kendrick's offensive success should make him an attractive infield option, and according to FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal, the Cubs and Yankees are both likely to pursue Kendrick this winter.
Kendrick, 31, was traded to the Dodgers in the deal that sent left-handed pitching prospect Andrew Heaney to the Angels. He has posted a .300/.349/.432 batting line to complement seven home runs and 37 RBIs to this point in 2015 and is a career .293/.333/.425 hitter. He has struck out in 17 percent of his at-bats this season but has posted a 1.6 WAR and is coming off of a 2014 campaign during which he posted a 4.7 WAR.
Kendrick was with the Angels when Joe Maddon was Los Angeles' bench coach and Rosenthal notes Maddon would be open to a reunion with the Cubs. Although Chicago has a notable amount of middle infield depth, the Cubs could trade Starlin Castro at some point in order to move Addison Russell to shortstop. If Kris Bryant moved into left field, Javier Baez could start at third base or become a utility player.
While the Cubs will likely show interest in Kendrick because of his relationship with Maddon, the Yankees are also expected to be interested. The Dodgers could always try to re-sign him at the end of the season and the Angels might also consider bringing the infielder back.
Daniel Murphy and Ben Zobrist are also going to be among the top second baseman on the market, but Zobrist is seen as more of a versatile utility player and Murphy has struggled defensively at times. The Dodgers are not expected to trade Kendrick and as a result will have him in the lineup for the remainder of the season. But at the end of the year, the Dodgers likely will not be the only club interested.