Howie Kendrick was the same player in his one year with the Dodgers that he was all those years with the Angels, so no surprises here. He's a good source of batting average, but not to the point he's contending for batting titles, and has some pop, but not enough to hit more than a dozen or so home runs. In other words, he's one of those players who's more valuable in real life than Fantasy. It doesn't mean he's useless, though. In a deep lineup like the Dodgers', he can contribute a decent number of RBI and runs scored. In leagues that require each team to use three middle infielders, such as the standard Rotisserie format, he's sure be drafted just because there's nothing objectionable about him, but he's not a player you should actively pursue.
Kendrick has expressed a willingness to play some third base this year for the Dodgers, the Los Angeles Times' Andy McCullough reports. Justin Turner is coming off microfracture surgery, so the team may need Kendrick to fill in some at the hot corner early on. Enrique Hernandez and Chase Utley are more than capable of handling second base, so Kendrick's ability to handle third gives the Dodgers an extreme amount of flexibility. While many of the Dodgers' positions will be platoons, Kendrick should be in the lineup almost every day, possibly hitting leadoff, so he is one of the few Dodgers who is safe to target in drafts.
Kendrick signed a two-year contract with the Dodgers on Friday, pending a physical, Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports reports. After declining their qualifying offer, the 32-year-old second baseman is headed back to the city of angels after all. Kendrick batted .295 with nine homers and 54 RBI in 2015 in his first year with the Dodgers, and he'll hope to build off that season and remain one of the better-hitting second baseman in the league.
Kendrick rejected the Dodgers' qualifying offer Friday and will remain a free agent, Dylan Hernandez of the LA Times reports. Kendrick had a solid season in 2015, slashing .295/.336/.409 with nine homers in 117 games. The second baseman will turn 33 next season, but he could still get something in the range of the four-year, $33.5 million deal he signed the last time he was a free agent. The Dodgers will now get a draft pick as compensation if Kendrick signs elsewhere.
Kendrick was given a qualifying offer by the Dodgers on Friday, Dylan Hernandez of the LA Times reports. Kendrick had a productive year in his first season with the Dodgers, slashing .295/.336/.409 with nine home runs in 117 games -- numbers that were almost perfectly in line with his career averages. After signing a four-year, $33.5 million deal his last time on the open market, the 32-year-old will be an interesting case in free agency, as teams could be scared away by losing a draft pick if Kendrick turns down the qualifying offer.
Dodgers second baseman Howie Kendrick is still experiencing soreness in his hamstring and is not in Monday's lineup, Dylan O. Hernandez of the LA Times reports. Kendrick went 2 for 5 with a run scored in Colorado on Sunday, but apparently has still been dealing with this issue since being activated from the DL on Sept. 18. It's reportedly something he can play through, but the Dodgers will more than likely give him extra rest down the stretch so he's ready for the playoffs.