Howie Kendrick had a solid season for the Dodgers last year, but the front office has recently said that the club will likely stay put with the current second base options that they have, specifically Chase Utley and Kike Hernandez.
Maybe the team’s stance will change as the offseason continues and Kendrick’s price tag naturally falls, but an NL West rival might swoop him up before then. According to Nick Piecoro of the Arizona Republic, the Arizona Diamondbacks have inquired on the free agent second baseman
One obstacle for another team signing Kendrick is that they would have to surrender a draft pick to the Dodgers. The Diamondbacks already surrendered their first round pick to L.A. after signing Greinke, and would have to surrender their second round pick if they sign Kendrick. Therefore, a deal seems unlikely.
The draft pick situation may also be the reason why the Dodgers haven’t expressed much interest in bringing back Kendrick even though he performed well last season. They must feel they can replace his production and get a draft pick in return by letting Kendrick sign elsewhere. Or maybe they figure they can get him back at the price they want simply by waiting and letting the market thin out.
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