Is there a possibility that two NL West rivals could actually swap second baseman, so to speak? Well, if you like to buy into rumors then it might be something the two sides could look into.

The Arizona Diamondbacks want to upgrade their second base position. They’ve been looking at free agent Howie Kendrick, who played 2015 as a member of the Los Angeles Dodgers, in an effort to get even better this offseason.

Unfortunately for them, Aaron Hill is still under contract through 2016 for $12 million. Could the Dodgers be a taker?

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Per Bob Nightengale (@BNightengale), a USA Major League Baseball columnist:

Obviously, it says nothing about the Dodgers in there other than the fact that their former second baseman from this past season is allegedly being actively pursued by the Diamondbacks.

However, the Dodgers do have a little bit of a need at second base right now. It’s not a major need, but it’s still a need nonetheless.

Last season, Hill hit .230 in 353 plate appearances, and also only slugged 6 home runs. He hasn’t come anywhere close to replicating his 2012 season in which he hit .302, OPS’d .882, and totaled 26 home runs and 85 runs batted in, but value could still be found there.

If the Dodgers did choose to go the Hill route, they would at least have a platoon rotation at 2B featuring two veteran entities who would be on expiring deals.

And, who knows? If the 33-year old Hill has a bounceback season and performs really well, the Dodgers might be able to get a draft pick out of him in the following offseason much like they’re banking on with Kendrick.

It wouldn’t take much to get Hill, and if they could persuade Arizona to eat some of Hill’s contract, he’d be considerably cheaper than Kendrick. There’s no word yet if the Dodgers are even interested, but given this front office’s preference toward creative moves, it wouldn’t shock us to find out they made a call.

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Justin Russo is a 30-year old sports enthusiast who dabbles in all forms of sports talk. Whether that talk revolves around the NBA, NCAA, NFL, NHL, MLB, or other leagues, he has an opinion. He works as a writer for Warriors World, and was formerly a writer and editor for ClipsNation on the SB Nation network. He also is the Editor-in-chief for But The Game Is On: The Beat.

8 Responses

  1. dodgerskingsfan

    it won’t happen… zaidi as said he likes the platoon of kike and utley….so this is invalid

  2. ChrisTerrell

    Sorry Justin, no freaking way. He doesn’t make the 40 man roster if he makes $12.00 and sells peanuts between innings. Kike, get on board brother, can hit and run and defend and plays with an attitude, a winning vibe… He has fun. Unless it’s a clear all-star level player now, like this past season and significantly younger than what you’re mentioning here, it makes zero sense.

  3. Giantkiller

    I agree. It is bad. Which is unfortunate. Seems like a lot more followers on another Dodgers blog. Would like to see both of them thrive.

  4. Jagman63

    Dumb idea. Another over-the-hill player at second base is not what the team needs.


    I just don’t understand why the Dodgers are down on Kendrick…he gives you good offense and better than average defense…some one tell me……also what have they done for a lead off hitter?  Nothing, no leadoff, bullpen is not really improved, starting rotation not as good as last year, Puig is a head case and Pederson’s 2nd half last year left alot of question marks…….I think our front office is too use to operating in TB or are their hands tied by owners that are lining their pockets


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