Kendrick is expected to be the Phillies' everyday left fielder in 2017, Todd Zolecki of MLB.com reports. This is what the Phillies are saying now, but there's always a chance Kendrick could shift to second base if Cesar Hernandez is moved this offseason. Kendrick was acquired from Los Angeles on Friday in exchange for Darin Ruf and Darnell Sweeney after formally requesting a trade last week.
Kendrick was traded to the Phillies on Friday in exchange for Darnell Sweeney and Darin Ruf. Kendrick made it known that he was frustrated with his role within the Dodgers' organization and preferred a trade, and he got his wish. At the moment, there's some uncertainty as to where Kendrick will play with Philadelphia, but Cesar Hernandez has been a popular name in trade rumors, and Kendrick would presumably step in as the everyday second baseman if Hernandez is moved. Kendrick, now 33, hit .255/.326/.366 with eight homers and 10 steals in 146 games in 2016.
The Dodgers are exploring trades involving Kendrick, Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports reports. Kendrick, who's traditionally played second base, wasn't pleased with his role over the course of the 2016 season. Rather than start at second, the Dodgers primarily started Kendrick in left field and gave him occasional chances to play around the infield. Although the Dodgers are shopping Kendrick around, the 33-year-old's performance at the plate certainly didn't make a case to improve his trade value. Kendrick managed to scrap together a batting average of just .255, which was a vast regression coming off three straight seasons that saw him hit above .290.
Kendrick is out of the lineup for Sunday's Game 2 against the Cubs. The Dodgers have been utilizing Howie Kendrick against left-handed starters during the playoffs, but it looks like Andrew Toles will continue to occupy the larger portion of the platoon. With righty Kyle Hendricks starting for the Cubs on Sunday, Toles will man left field and bat eighth in the order.
Kendrick is not in the lineup Tuesday for Game 4 of the Dodgers' NLDS matchup with the Nationals. Kendrick started Monday's game with left-hander Gio Gonzalez on the mound, but with righty Joe Ross starting for the opposition Tuesday, manager Dave Roberts decided to turn back to left-handed hitter Andrew Toles, who also started Games 1 and 2. Kendrick received two at-bats in both those contests, so he figures to see action off the bench at some point in Game 4.