Kendrick spent his career to this point with the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, and now heads to Los Angeles to play for the Dodgers. He was acquired for prospect Andrew Heaney, who was acquired in the trade that sent Dee Gordon to Miami. The 31-year-old is in the last year of his contract, but that is the least of any worries according to Andrew Friedman.
Friedman made sure to quiet any talks of extension and keep the focus on the task at hand:
I think we are excited to have Howie and there’s a lot of different ways it can play out. All of our focus right now is on the 2015 season. Assuming things play out well and Howie it likes it here, I’m sure those conversations will happen at some point.”
Kendrick is a career .292 hitter in nine seasons and played true to that last season, hitting .293 with seven home runs and 75 RBIs. He has played at least 120 games the past five seasons and has over 30 doubles in four of those five seasons. The former All-Star will bring something that Gordon failed to bring in his career, consistency. Kendrick can plug into the lineup at just about every spot and will produce.
If things go well and the Dodgers expand on their recent success, that could keep Kendrick in Los Angeles much longer.