Howie Kendrick seen as the Angels' main high-end winter trade chip

The Angels are expected to try to shop emerging star second baseman Howie Kendrick this winter in an effort to acquire young pitching, people familiar with their situation say.

The Angels were in serious talks with the Dodgers on a possible Kendrick deal that didn't happen at the deadline, and his market should be strong after a breakout season. The Angels like Kendrick very much but have ample hitting and deep pitching concerns.

The biggest Angels issues heading into the winter involve their top baseball people, general manager Jerry Dipoto and manager Mike Scioscia, with the expectation that one or the other probably won't be back with the team. But something of a player personnel shakeup is expected, as well.

The Angels have been historically about the hardest team to predict, and their big-ticket deals for Albert Pujols and Josh Hamilton seemingly came out of nowhere, but it seems apparent they'll need to supplement their rotation after their top two guys, Jered Weaver and C.J. Wilson.

Mark Trumbo and Peter Bourjos could be two other trade candidates who will draw trade interest, but with those two young players tied to the team for years to come, the Angels will be more reluctant to trade them. Shortstop Erick Aybar's name was also out on the market this summer, though there were clearly more talks involving Kendrick.

The Royals, Orioles and A's were among other teams connected to Kendrick rumors, though it was reported that Kansas City was on his no-trade list this year. Ken Rosenthal of first reported that Kendrick was close to being dealt to the Dodgers at the deadline.

According to Cot's Baseball Contracts, Kendrick has 12 teams on his no-trade list this year, and six next year.

Kendrick, hitting .301 with 11 home runs and 47 RBI, is currently n the disabled list with a strained left knee. He has two years to go on his contract for $18.85 million total, at $9.35 million for 2014 and $9.5 million for '15. 

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