The Dodgers have officially locked down their situation at second base, and they did so with great value.
Earlier today, it was made known they were in negotiations with Howie Kendrick and that they were progressing nicely. Well, he sure wasn’t wrong.
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Here’s Ken Rosenthal with the update:
Sources: #Dodgers, Kendrick in agreement on two-year contract, pending physical.
— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) January 29, 2016
“But we’ve got guys with experience, we’ve got talent and depth, and we should be a good team. Other than Jimmy [shortstop Jimmy Rollins], it looks like we’ll have pretty much our team back. With the team we’ve put together, if everybody plays up to where he should, we’ll be a really good team. We have a lot of depth. We just have to do what we’re supposed to do.”
A two-year deal is the kind of value the Dodgers are perfectly fine with, even with missing out on the pick they would have gotten had he signed elsewhere.
According to Chris Cotillo of MLB Trade Rumors, the deal is a straight two-year one:
Kendrick got a straight 2-year deal with no options or opt-outs. #Dodgers
— Chris Cotillo (@ChrisCotillo) January 29, 2016
So, barring any unforeseen changes in the future, Howie Kendrick is back with the Los Angeles Dodgers for the 2016 and 2017 seasons. For a team looking for another bat, they certainly were comfortable adding one who they had been willing to let get away.
Per Jon Heyman, here were the actual terms:
Kendrick gets $20M, 2-yr deal #dodgers
— Jon Heyman (@JonHeyman) January 29, 2016
It worked out for all sides on this matter. Two years and $20 million is a good price for both the Dodgers and Kendrick. Glad to see it got worked out.