On Friday, it was learned that the Los Angeles Dodgers and Howie Kendrick came to an agreement on a two-year deal. It seemed like a safe bet to assume that it meant Kendrick was going to resume his duties as the everyday second baseman for the club. Well, not so fast.
Now, it seems like Kendrick could be a bit of a utility piece and used in a way that gives the team more options elsewhere. This doesn’t mean Kendrick won’t get a lot of playing time, but rather that he might just accrue a lot of playing time at multiple positions.
“We’re definitely going to dice it up,” Roberts said during the team’s FanFest at Dodger Stadium. “Howie is definitely open to playing some third, playing some second. We might move him around a little bit. The guys are open to it.”
If you are to take manager Dave Roberts at face value, this means that Kendrick could work in some time at third base. But that’s not all. It could mean that Kendrick might also get some time in left field for spot duty, or even at first base if Adrian Gonzalez needs a break for a day while Scott Van Slyke plays left field. Either one could work.
As of now, it seems like the Dodgers are going to have Kendrick begin the season as the second baseman, but also explore options to move him around so that they can maximize the talents of those on the team.
With Justin Turner attempting to come back from microfracture surgery, getting someone who can play multiple positions at least at an adequate level could be quite the coup for the ball club. We’ll just have to see what the coaching staff, and Kendrick, have in store for 2016.