Howie Kendrick wasn’t pleased with how the Dodgers used him in 2016 and is hoping to be traded to a club that could give him more routine playing time, according to FanRag Sports’ Jon Heyman.
The Dodgers are considering trading Kendrick, according to FOX Sports’ Ken Rosenthal, and Kendrick is open to playing multiple positions next season, per Heyman. Kendrick received playing time in left field and at first, second and third base with Los Angeles last year.
Kendrick still appeared in 146 games with the Dodgers last season, batting .255/.326/.366 with eight home runs and 40 RBIs. He’s a career .289 hitter and the Dodgers seem to have an opening at second base. However, there is a chance they re-sign Chase Utley, according to Heyman, which would impact the number of at-bats Kendrick receives.
Kendrick is still due $10 million but could be sent to a team seeking second base depth. Rosenthal reported the Angels and Phillies were options, and Heyman added the Royals to the list of clubs that could be interested.
But Kendrick is a versatile piece, and as a result, he could prove to be valuable for teams seeking outfield help this winter.